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Public Sector Financial Management

We research, lecture and provide consulting services in the field of public financial management and, in doing so, are committed to the active transfer of knowledge into practice. Our mission is to seek innovative and academically profound solutions to current challenges in the financial management of government, administrative, and not-for-profit organizations with the aim of increasing efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in dealing with public finances and donations.

Research and Expertise

In our research, we examine ways to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the financial management of governments, administrations, and not-for-profit organizations. The focus is on their practical needs and how to meet them by means of academically based approaches and concepts. Research areas include, in particular:

References

We have helped over 100 government, administrative, and not-for-profit organizations in more than 30 countries increase their efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in managing public finances and donations. Thanks to our broad national and international network combined with independent research into innovative concepts and approaches, we ensure that our project partners receive practical and scientifically based solutions that reflect current understanding.

Here you will find an overview of selected projects for various clients in Switzerland and internationally:

Swiss Projects

International Projects

Partners

We have a broad national and international network of reliable and experienced partners in the field of financial management of public organisations and NPOs. In particular, we have strategic project partnerships with:

International

Switzerland

Our current publications

Grafl, A., Schuler, C., (2022). A guide to data storytelling in the public sector : communicating public finances effectively. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank. You can find this publication here.

Bruni, S., Grafl, A., (2022). Republic of Tajikistan : public expenditure and financial accountability (PEFA) performance assessment report. Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA). You can find this publication here.  

Fuchs, S., Haueter, J., Küng, O., (2022). Die strategische und finanzielle Verwaltungsführung neu denken. Ökonomenstimme. You can find this publication here.

Bergmann, A., (2022). Bewertung von Staatsschulden. In: Eberle, R., Oesch, D., Pfaff, D., (Hrsg.). Jahrbuch Finanz- und Rechnungswesen 2022. Zürich: Weka Business Media AG. S. 89–103. You can find this publication here.

Fuchs, S., Braunschweiler, M., (2021). Finanzielle Führung von Zürcher Gemeinden und Städten: Zur Rolle von finanzverantwortlichen Personen: Rechtliche Pflichten und praktische Überlegungen. Winterthur: ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft. You can find this publication here.

Ramsden, A., Grafl, A. (2021). The interplay of climate change and public financial management: Greening public procurement. The Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA). You can find this publication here.

Fuchs, S., Grafl, A., (2021). Zur grossen Bedeutung der Finanzkommunikation für Staat und Öffentlichkeit. Ökonomenstimme. You can find this publication here.

Ramsden, A., Schuler, C., Zehnder, J., & Ponta, O. (2021). Devisenreserven der SNB zur Finanzierung der AHV? Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Verwaltungswissenschaften, 12(1), S. 31–44. You can find this publication here.

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