Edition 2 | June 2014

PFM for Service Delivery

The PFM for Service Delivery CoP aims to to increase the knowledge and collaboration on the links between better governance and service delivery, specifically on how PFM helps or hinders service delivery and how PFM reforms are oriented to supporting service delivery and innovative service financing arrangements. Coordinators: Hana Brixi (hbrixi@worldbank.org), Nicola Smithers (nsmithers@worldbank.org), and Yasuhiko Matsuda (ymatsuda@worldbank.org).

PFM for Service Delivery CoP Launches with Debate

How can the World Bank do a better job in making PFM benefit service delivery? The PFM for Service Delivery Community of Practice (CoP) launched on May 12 by engaging four speakers to weigh in on this difficult question – one that challenges both the Bank and other development agencies alike.


PFM for Service Delivery Launch Event - May 12

Emmanuel Jimenez (WB IEG) speaks at the May 12 debate to launch the PFM for Service Delivery CoP

Matt Andrews (Harvard University), and Philipp Krause (ODI), Emmanuel Jimenez (World Bank, IEG), and Renaud Seligmann (World Bank, FM), each contributed their perspectives on this question during an open debate moderated by Hana Brixi (World Bank, HD).


Matt Andrews opened the discussion by challenging practitioners to clearly define the scope of PFM reforms, understanding that central government reforms may not necessarily lead to changes in service delivery. Philipp Krause then expanded on the need to link PFM to service delivery outcomes, but cautioned that PFM reforms must be tailored to the specific priorities of the government, which will also include other objectives such as fiscal discipline. Another challenge he identified is the complexity of ‘vertical reforms’ – interventions along the delivery chain that link PFM reforms to services and then development outcomes – that require both governments and donors to break out of traditional silos.


Emmanuel Jimenez took on these challenges by identifying opportunities for connecting PFM to service delivery. New innovations, he said, such as results-based financing, social protection systems that require cash transfers, and decentralized service provision, create the need for more interaction and collaboration between the human development network and PFM specialists.


Renaud Seligmann concluded the debate by offering three key potential areas where the CoP can contribute to this agenda: first, by connecting practitioners across the Global Practices; second, by connecting partners within the development community; and third, by connecting Ministries of Finance and sector ministries in partner countries.


In opening this debate, the newly established CoP aimed to mobilize practitioners interested in finding ways to better integrate PFM and service delivery knowledge solutions. Going forward, the PFM for Service Delivery CoP will continue efforts to explore this question through organizing additional debates and seminars, as well as developing and launching knowledge products.


Contribute to Upcoming CoP Events and Knowledge Products!

To expand the knowledge base on how to make PFM reforms and service delivery reforms mutually reinforcing, the PFM for Service Delivery CoP is looking for practitioners to share your experiences and good practice examples with the CoP.


In the coming months, the CoP is planning events on:

The CoP is also planning to launch a number of new knowledge products:


Please contribute your ideas to the CoP by clicking here.


Blog Post: You say budget sub-entity, I say hospital - Why we should work together for our client’s sake

A recent blog post by Hana Brixi takes a closer look at the difficulties, and the importance, of linking downstream service delivery issues with upstream PFM reforms. Read the full blog post (WBG Intranet only) here: http://go.worldbank.org/KBPCRQLGK0.