Jan 25th 2016

Understanding Public Financial Management: How Is Your Money Spent? (FutureLearn)

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How do governments acquire and spend public money? Take a fresh look at public financial management with this free online course.

What went wrong in Greece’s handling of its public debt? How does a city government like Detroit go from prosperity to bankruptcy? And how could the looting, theft and corruption in Malawi’s “cashgate” have been avoided?

We are all concerned about where “our” money goes. We all want good roads and schools, thriving industry, and personal and national security, but how can we be sure that public monies are being managed properly, and how can we hold those in charge to account?

Understand and evaluate the management of public finances

This free online course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to understand and evaluate the management of financial resources across the public sector, wherever you are.

Drawing on the expertise of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies at SOAS, University of London, we’ll look at:

- how governments and public sector organisations obtain financial resources through taxation, fees, charges, natural resources and other means;

- how public sector organisations decide to use financial resources for attaining public policy goals and implementing public programmes;

- how public sector organisations report their financial performance to the public;

- how the use of public financial resources is audited;

- and how governments are made accountable for their financial decisions.

By the end of the four-week course, you will be able to:

- understand the basics of public financial management;

- read simple public sector financial statements;

- explain how governments raise finance through various means;

- explain how the budget process works at national and sub-national levels;

- understand how auditing is conducted in public sector organisations;

- and understand how public sector organisations are held accountable to the public.