January 19, 2011Doug Hadden
Doug Hadden, FreeBalance Vice President Products, described how developing countries can leapfrog in Public Financial Management (PFM) reform. He described the effects of globalization accelerated by digital technology and competition. The financial crisis has created a “new normal” where there is significant growth in emerging countries compared to developed countries.
Mr. Hadden pointed out that mobile technology is a “game changer” because it puts information services in the hands of citizens. It is as if governments have millions of untrained auditors.
The theory of technology leapfrog states that there are many forces holding developed countries to legacy technology. Developing countries can bi-pass stages in technology and focus on what works. Mr. Hadden gave the example of Thailand Connected, Mobile, Multichannel and Ubiquitous Government. In Thailand, the government expects to transform to a fully electronic basis by 2015.
Mr. Hadden suggested that business, budget, and economic pressure slows down modernization in many developed countries. He described how governments can leapfrog in international standards, budget transparency, e-procurement, and e-recruitment.
The next stage for government is to be in-network and work with social tools, according to Mr. Hadden. This includes using collaboration internally and external outreach for participatory budgeting.
The annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) conference runs from January 16 – 19, 2011 in Madeira, Portugal. FISC provides an interactive forum to exchange Public Financial Management (PFM) good practices among international customers and PFM thought leaders. FISC drives the FreeBalance Accountability Suite product vision to direct FreeBalance GRP solutions. Previous FISC events were held in Mt. Tremblant, Canada (2010); Prague, Czech Republic (2009); Cascais, Portugal (2008); and London, United Kingdom (2007).