Magazine article Public Finance

Officials Crucial in Poverty Fight, Says Aid Expert

Magazine article Public Finance

Officials Crucial in Poverty Fight, Says Aid Expert

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Ensuring that public officials in developing countries are properly motivated and resourced is a vital element in the fight against global poverty, an expert in the field told the international seminar.

Mark Lowcock director general for country programmes at the Department for International Development, said the effectiveness of aid depended on strong, accountable institutions in poorer countries. 'A core requirement is [ensuring there are] capable, effective individuals who are adequately paid and motivated in these institutions,' Lowcock said on June 17.

A deal signed with CIPFA to boost financial governance in the developing world would help nurture capable, committed staff in major institutions, he added.

'Public financial management in poorer countries is, typically, quite bad but it's improving and improving fast. …

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