In 2016, WFD launched an initiative with the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia to improve parliaments role in monitoring public finances. In partnership with GIZ’s Public Financial Management in the Southern Caucuses programme, we support the Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Affairs and the Parliamentary Budget Office. Our work focuses on providing analytical information to the legislature, enhancing capabilities to monitor public expenditure and reviewing the implementation of important financial legislation.
The initiative follows from Armenia’s constitutional referendum on 6 December 2015, and decision to move to a fully parliamentary system of government. Within this, the National Assembly will play a central role in the passage of laws, monitoring government and representing citizens. WFD is providing technical support as well as engaging our expertise within the ongoing Public Financial Dialogues.
WFD’s work with parliamentary stakeholders has assessed the development needs of the Parliamentary Budget Office, which started operating in March 2015, and the institution more broadly. We will share British and international experience on public accounts and monitoring laws. With our support, the Parliamentary Budget Office has its first strategic plan covering 2017-19, and will be provided with further capacity building support. WFD has also provides support to the parliament in the development of their new rules of procedures, adopted in 2016.
Facilitated the development of the Parliamentary Budget Office’s first strategic plan
Expertise on Parliamentary Budget Offices, public accounts and legislative scrutiny in Public Financial Dialogue
Supporting public financial management (phase 2)
Planned end: November 2018
Supporting public financial management
Planned end: March 2017