Global competitiveness needs local collaboration

Public services are crucially important to countries’ future competitiveness and can produce more inclusive economies Read more

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EU banks: still stressed

Beware an overly rosy interpretation of last month’s EU-wide bank stress tests. They used unreliable measures of bank capital ratios. The ECB must do more to fix undercapitalisation

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In the frame

Is your organisation efficient, economic, effective and equitable? There is one code to help perfect them all

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Proudly public sector

Gordon Ferrier charts CIPFA’s support for training in developing countries Education and training for public sector finance staff is an essential component of public financial management. Read more

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IPSAS: ready or not?

African nations are enthusiastically trying to strengthen public financial reporting, but challenges remain to implementing international accounting standards Read more

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Keep pushing on accounts transparency

CIPFA International’s chair on his take-away message for delegates to the World Congress of Accountants Read more

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Leading from the front on finance

In an ever more complex, globalised world, accountants need to join the public finance dots. A whole systems approach will help them rise to the challenge Read more

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Nothing to fear from US rate hike

The Fed is maintaining its zero interest-rate policy while it waits for labour market improvements. But basing monetary policy on notoriously long cyclical trends is a mistake. A rate hike would be much more prudent Read more

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Good governance: key to the fight against global poverty

Good governance helps rebuild fragile state institution and ensure peace and stability. It has a vital role to play in the next stage of the fight against global poverty. Read more

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How to solve an economic trilemma

How do you combine high employment and low levels of inequality, without high taxes? There are lessons to learn from both the Netherlands and Switzerland Read more

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