High-quality public infrastructure supports growth, improves well-being and generates jobs. Yet, infrastructure investment is complex, and getting from conception to construction and operation is a long road fraught with obstacles and pitfalls. This OECD survey of the state of infrastructure policy making highlights a number of challenges that all countries face.
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The design of economic policy and how budgeting resources are allocated are crucial factors in a gender-equal society. Based on the 2016 OECD Survey of Gender Budgeting Practices, this report analyses current gender budgeting practices, identifies potential entry-points for gender-responsive policy-making and useful areas for more specific future study.
While infrastructure investment remains a key focus of international efforts to jump start growth in OECD countries and trigger sustainable economic development elsewhere, it presents a range of challenges for policy makers. This report finds that in many cases, it is governance problems rather than financing, that are responsible for sub-optimal outcomes.
This report provides an overview of Ireland’s current system of parliamentary engagement in the national budget process and suggests ways in which this engagement might be made more effective.
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This report analyses the strengths and weaknesses of Ireland’s system of parliamentary engagement in budgeting, and outlines a number of proposals for reform.
For most countries in the OECD, 2015 is the seventh or eighth year of dealing with the budgetary consequences of the economic and financial crisis. These years have been marked by challenges of fiscal retrenchment of a scale and nature unprecedented in modern times. Previous OECD publications have tracked the fiscal policy responses adopted by OECD governments during the early years of the crisis (2007-2012). This book takes stock of how these responses have evolved and in recent years, up to 2014/15. Two points are apparent from the outset: the response to the crisis has had repercussions for virtually every aspect of budgetary governance; and there are clear lessons for governments about the conduct of fiscal policy – including in its institutional aspects – that should inform future decisions and the agenda of budgetary reform.
The Public Interest Committee was created in 2015 after a public consultation to ensure that the public interest is served by the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB). IPSASB develops International Public Sector Accounting Standards.
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OECD Report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Ankara, September 2015. Given that the interests and challenges in developing infrastructure are common across countries, international good practices could help governments better seize opportunities and meet related challenges.
This report aims to identify new developments in the administration of central government that lead to better value for money: better services at lower costs for the taxpayers.
The new OECD Recommendation responds to a need for guidance on how the public sector can ensure that it receives value for money from using Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).