At the 2008 Small States Forum, the Isle of Man—the first Associate Member of the Small States Network for Economic Development—announced an initiative that it and the World Bank had jointly been developing, with input from the Small States Network for Economic Development, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and Oxford University’s Said School of Business, to foster and finance the capacity building of small state officials working in the financial sector and on public financial management matters.
The inaugural Small Countries Financial Management Program ran September 6-18, 2009. Small state country participation included Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Jamaica, Lesotho, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Montenegro, Namibia, Samoa, Seychelles, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Tonga, and Vanuatu. In addition, a representative from a small state organization, CARICOM, participated as did a representative from a fragile state. An outline of the underlying initiative and the course curriculum and faculty is available here; a summary of the inaugural program, including participant assessments, is available here.
A summary of the inaugural program, including participant assessments, is available here, and a DVD featuring participants’ reactions will soon be available.