In the EECCA countries, environmental policy making and planning are still largely disconnected from budgeting, with budgets mostly relying on historical data, often adjusted for inflation. Environment ministries, however, are now challenged to develop their programmes so as to be better aligned with budgetary decision-making and the government’s strategic orientation.
Medium-term expenditure frameworks (MTEFs) are a tool designed to help improve the policy-planning-budgeting link. MTEFs have received increased attention in EECCA over the past several years. Often, however, the capacity of EECCA environmental authorities to use MTEF is only emerging.
The need to develop such capacity is becoming also increasingly important, as donors are shifting from project-specific mechanisms for delivering aid to general budget support. Thus, it becomes all the more essential for environment ministries to find ways to integrate the environment not only into national economic development strategies but also into the associated budgets.
Contents and coverage of the training course
To help strengthen the capacities of EECCA environmental administrations, the EAP Task Force has designed a training course which covers three major blocks of issues:
The training is delivered through a mix of presentations, practical exercises and interactive discussions. Training materials, in English and Russian, are provided to all participants.
Target audience of the training course
Major objectives of the training course