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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.

Our Latest Activities

Review and Integration of Public Financial Management mechanisms
The Center for Public Financial Management at ZHAW carried out an evaluation of the financial governance mechanisms of a medium-sized Swiss canton and derived suggestions on how to strengthen the link between strategic planning, resource allocation and financial management. Public Administrations often have potential to optimize the link between policy planning  and the administrative medium-term planning at both process and content level.  

Evaluation of the establishment of Public Sector Audit in Tajikistan
As part of the strategic partnership with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in the field of public financial management, the ZHAW Center for Public Financial Management carried out an evaluation of the development intervention supporting the establishment a supreme audit institution in the Republic of Tajikistan.

Support of Caritas Switzerland in the area of Monitoring & Evaluation
The ZHAW Center for Public Financial Management supports Caritas Switzerland in carrying out scientific evaluations of development cooperation projects and in implementing a new framework for measuring the impact of project activities worldwide. 

Our 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:

Our References

Over the past 10 years, we have supported more than 50 government, administrative, and not-for-profit organizations in more than 20 countries in increasing their efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in dealing with public finances and donations. Examples of our projects include:

Our broad national and international network of research partners and our independent research on innovative concepts and solutions help us in providing practical and scientifically grounded solutions that correspond to the latest state of knowledge.

Our Partners

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

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