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Managing Resources for Development

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In all Commonwealth countries, the public are demanding higher quality, more reliable and more costeffective delivery of basic public services such as health and education. These demands call on finance ministries to increase the resources channelled into priority sectors, as defined by national frameworks and poverty reduction strategies. This in turn requires effective budgetary systems, improved public financial management and good management of donor resources. Managing Resources for Development incorporates the sharing of best practice in the vital area of improving the delivery and monitoring of resources in the public sector. It is based on a paper presented by Sir John Vereker for the Technical theme for the Senior Finance Officials’ Meeting at the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ Meeting held in London in September 2002. This book is of great interest to public policy practitioners in the allocation and management of resources.

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The Millennium Development Goals

Most Commonwealth countries declare a commitment to the elimination of poverty and to government as beneficial for the people rather than predatory upon them. This commitment is central, for instance, to the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) which was endorsed by the G8 countries at the Kananaskis summit meeting in June 2002. But turning this commitment into reality requires an effective architecture of national priority setting; increasingly, best practice is seen as basing this on the quantified targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the UN at the Millennium Assembly.

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