BCOP’s Program and Performance Budgeting Working Group (PPBWG) focuses on design and implementation of program and performance budgeting and spending reviews with the aim of improving spending effectiveness. Reforms in this area have been continuously reported as priority areas by most of BCOP members. The group’s membership includes 16 of 21 BCOP member countries.
PPBWG has recently deepened its focus and collected new and more detailed data to take an updated stock of current practices and challenges in member countries benchmarked to OECD countries in performance budgeting and spending review. Within this work, since late 2018, the group has worked on developing a knowledge product Performance Budgeting and Spending Reviews: Current Practices, Challenges, and Recommendations.
Total of 28 participants attended the PPBWG workshop, of which 19 representatives from 12 BCOP member countries (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan). The meeting was supported by experts from the World Bank and the OECD.
Key results of the workshop were:
i) finalized PPBWG knowledge product Performance Budgeting and Spending Reviews: Current Practices, Challenges, and Recommendations;
ii) shared information from OECD and the World Bank on their current activities in the field of performance budgeting and spending reviews and reflections on how Covid-19 crises may impact the reforms; and
iii) discussion on the next tasks of the PPBWG.