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Weekly Update – Week of October 22, 2012


October 24, 2012

What’s new at FreeBalance?

This weekly news update provides the Government Resource Planning (GRP) community with a brief overview of recent FreeBalance developments and relevant industry news.

FreeBalance Partners with CIPFA to Deliver International PFM Training

FreeBalance has announced a new alliance with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) that will help to strengthen Public Financial Management (PFM) in FreeBalance customer countries. FreeBalance will be accredited to provide training to students who enrol on CIPFA’s International PFM courses. FreeBalance will be accredited to provide training to students who enrol on CIPFA’s International PFM courses. As the world’s only professional accountancy organisation to specialise in the public services, CIPFA’s qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance.
Read more about FreeBalance PFM Training >>

Join FreeBalance at an Upcoming Event in Canada or Colombia

FreeBalance will be participating in a number of upcoming events related to public administration, government technology and Public Financial Management (PFM). FreeBalance will be exhibiting at XVII Congreso Internacional del CLAD in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia from October 30 – November 2, Canada’s Government Technology Event (GTEC) in Ottawa, Canada from November 5-8 and the Financial Management Institute of Canada’s (FMI) Professional Development Week in Ottawa, Canada from November 27-30.

Get event details on the FreeBalance website>>

Philippine Senator Files “Crowdsourcing Bill”

Senator Teofisto Guingona III files Senate Bill 3300 or “The Crowdsourcing Act of 2012” which would allow people to voice their comments on bills pending before the Senate and the House of Representatives through e-mail, social media and other Information Communication Technologies (ICT). According to Senator Guingona, the Bill seeks to harness the productive and effective power of social media. Specifically, the bill believes in the power of crowdsourcing to give citizens the opportunity to contribute to the formulation, improvement, and creation of laws that benefit the entire nation.
Read the full article from FutureGov >>

Wall Street Journal Conducts ‘The Big Interview’ with Jim Yong Kim

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim sat down with Jacob Schlesinger, Tokyo bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, to discuss what it will take to restore growth and spread prosperity in times of crisis. Dr. Kim also answered questions from the live audience.
Replay an archived video and a liveblog of the event >>

Championing Inclusive Growth Across Africa

For the past decade, Africa has exhibited strong economic growth. A new economic growth momentum has been established. The continent weathered the financial crisis and has bounced back. But headline economic growth is not enough. Deliberate policies to reduce inequalities and promote inclusion are now needed more than ever before. It is time to focus on people’s expectations: decent work, a living wage, access to basic service, more democracy, and accountable governments. Africa and its people aim to be a pole for global growth in the decades ahead.
Read more on the African Development Bank website >>

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