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DMF Implementing Partners

CEMLA, the Centre for Latin American Monetary Studies, is the regional association of central banks in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its basic activities comprise training, dissemination and research, as well as multiyear programmes of technical assistance in areas of public financial sector infrastructure and management.

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The Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC)

The Debt Management Section (DMS) of the Commonwealth Secretariat provides technical assistance to its member countries in the area of public debt management. Its key objective is to promote prudent debt management practice in member countries by providing advisory support in developing sound debt management policies, strategies and operations in line with best practice. The services offered by DMS cover a range of areas on debt management including institutional arrangements, debt policy and strategies, debt management analysis, debt data computerisation, debt data recording and quality, debt data dissemination, and capacity building through training workshops. The DMS also develops and maintains the Commonwealth Secretariat Debt Recording and Management software (CS-DRMS) which enables countries to record and manage their public debt more effectively. The CS-DRMS is currently used by around 60 countries both within and outside the Commonwealth countries. Click here for additional information.

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The DMFAS Programme is a world leading provider of technical cooperation and advisory services in the area of debt management. Integrated as a key activity of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Programme has been successful in helping governments improve their capacity to manage debt for over 25 years. It has so far worked directly at the country level with 66 countries (mostly low and lower-middle income) and more than 100 institutions.

The Programme offers countries a set of proven solutions for improving their capacity to handle the day-to-day management of public liabilities and produce reliable debt data for policy-making purposes. This includes its specialized debt management software, DMFAS – which greatly facilitates the work of the debt office – as well as advisory services and training activities in debt management.

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DRI is a London-based non-profit organization that was established in 1997 to implement a Capacity Building Program (CBP), the overriding objective of which is to build the capacity of HIPC governments to manage their debt strategy and analysis independently. The Program, which is implemented in close collaboration with four regional providers of debt management TA, covers 40 HIPC-eligible countries. DRI’s scope of advisory services covers institutional reform, external and domestic debt management, debt re-negotiations, macro-economic forecasting, and poverty reduction programming. It also co-ordinates regional and national workshops. CBP also finances (i) short-term capacity-building advisors; (ii) activities related to the HIPC Ministerial Network, which convenes biannual meetings of HIPC Ministers of Finance and their senior officials; (iii) the HIPC Technical Network, comprising middle-level management; and (iv) newsletters, publications and a website that facilitate communication among HIPCs.

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The Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) is a regionally owned capacity building institute with 13 member countries: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

MEFMI activities are delivered in collaboration with cooperating partners through the following operational divisions:

  • Macroeconomic Management Programme which deals with analysis of the economy, planning and forecasting.
  • Financial Sector Management Programme, which covers financial markets development, foreign exchange reserves management, regulation and supervision of financial institutions, payment systems and monetary policy implementation.
  • Sovereign Debt Management Programme, which encompasses debt database development and management, institutional and legal aspects, debt analytical issues, policies and strategies.
  • Multi Disciplinary Activities which among, other things, coordinates Fellows Development Programme. This trains promising young professionals and grooms them into specialists / experts available to their countries and to the region.
  • MEFMI also conducts Executive Forum Series for networking amongst decision makers such as Central Bank governors and their deputies as well as Ministers of finance and planning and economic development and equivalent.

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WAIFEM was established in 1996 by the Central Banks in Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, the member countries, with the primary objective of building capacity for debt, macroeconomic and financial management. A key part of its mission is to help strengthen the capacity of its member countries to develop, present, and negotiate a case for debt relief through the HIPC Initiative. Training subjects include debt management, financial sector management and macro-economic management. WAIFEM has extended its activities to institutional and governance dimensions of human resource development and management in debt management – through participation in the CBP – and has expanded its audience to include legislators and the mass media with a view to improving their capacity to assess economic and financial policy issues and performance.

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The Public Debt Management team (part of the Banking and Debt Management Department, World Bank Treasury) supports countries to put in place governance arrangements, internal processes, resources, and staff capacity to develop a medium-term debt management strategy, based on a sound analysis of cost and risk and taking account of macroeconomic and market constraints, and to execute that strategy efficiently, while managing risk in a prudent manner.

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Bilateral Agencies

US Department of Treasury - Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)

In support of U.S. Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance, the mission of the Government Debt Issuance and Management Technical Assistance Program (“GDIM”) is to assist foreign governments in the development of debt policies, procedures, programs and markets through advisory engagements based on the highest level of ethical and professional standards.

Other International Agencies

Public Debt Management Network for Emerging Markets 

The mission of the OECD-Italian Treasury Network for Public Debt Management in Emerging Markets (PDM Network) is to enhance dialogue among debt managers and experts of advanced and emerging countries on public debt management policies and techniques and on government securities markets.The PDM Network has worked since 2004 in cooperation with the OECD Working Party on Debt Management (WPDM). It supports the WPDM outreach activities, spreading selected WPDM documents also to non-OECD members and contributes to the OECD Global Forum on Public Debt Management.

Public Debt Management - OECD Working Party 

The OECD Working Party on Debt Management was set up in 1979 as a special working group of the OECD’s Committee on Financial Markets. Since its creation, the Working Party has been a unique policy forum for the 30 senior government debt managers from OECD Member countries to exchange their views and experiences in the field of government debt management and government securities markets.

In response to the rapid development in government debt markets, the Working Party has been extending the range of topics for discussion: factual condition of government debt instruments, the use of electronic systems, selling techniques, the organisation of primary and secondary markets in government securities, the organisation of debt offices, risk management as well as other policy issues and techniques of government debt management.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

In 1982, UNCTAD designed a computer-based Debt Management and Financial
Analysis System (DMFAS) to help countries manage their external debt. The current version of the software system facilitates the recording and analyzing of various types of debt (external and domestic; medium/long-term and short-term; public and private). Through its Geneva-based DMFAS Program, UNCTAD has established itself as one of the leading providers of debt management TA. It currently works directly with 65 low and middle income countries, 34 of which are LICs, and typically provides services to governments through technical cooperation projects. The Program provides assistance in the installation or upgrading of the DMFAS software and related software training. Technical assistance also covers maintenance and system support, procurement of appropriate equipment, participation of government officials in DMFAS training seminars, study tours for government officials to other DMFAS user countries, and assistance in debt analysis and development of debt management strategies.

Other Private Sector Firms

Crown Agents - Public Debt Management

Crown Agents help finance ministries, central banks and sub-national governments to manage their borrowing, taking into account cost and risk considerations. Our programme of assistance helps governments put in place suitable structures and processes to manage their debt portfolio effectively. We build the capacity of debt managers by giving them the practical tools, knowledge and skills required to achieve their debt goals.

Maxwell Stamp, PLC 

Maxwell Stamp is a leading international economics consulting firm with expertise across a wide range of competencies and policy areas, ranging from international trade to rural livelihoods, from privatisation to revenue administration, from health to financial sector analysis. Established in 1959, it has over 45 years of experience in over 165 countries and territories, with a long track record in transition and developing countries. Based in London, the firm has a permanent office in Bangladesh and project offices around the world. Clientele includes national and regional governments, international organisations, NGOs and public and private sector companies.

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) 

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) was established in 1996 as an independent research-based consulting practice and provides analysis, advice and support in the design and implementation of economic and social development policies in low- and middle-income countries. The firm provides technical assistance (TA) in the areas of policy and strategic advice; applied research on policy alternatives; support for policy implementation; evaluations and impact assessments; and training in aspects of public policy, including public debt management. Based in Oxford, OPM has expanded its geographic reach to work in over 90 countries and has country offices in India, Pakistan and South Africa. Rooted in the broader public financial management context, OPM provides comprehensive debt management technical assistance and capacity building services.

Storkey & Company Limited 

Storkey & Co Limited is an international management consultancy providing independent specialist advice on government debt and cash management to central and state/regional/local governments, and government enterprises. Since the company was established in early 2001, assignments have been undertaken in the areas of public debt and cash management, and treasury debt/risk management systems in all regions of the world.

Other Regional Agencies

Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) 

The Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) is a regional resource based in Barbados that provides technical assistance and training in core areas of economic and financial management at the request of its participating countries. Established by the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) in 2001, CARTAC’s mission is to enhance the institutional and human resource capacities of countries in the Caribbean region to achieve their macroeconomic, fiscal and monetary policy objectives.

Other International Institutions

African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) 

The African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), a subsidiary body of the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA), is a pan-African institution created in 1962 by the General Assembly of the United Nations to help build-up domestic human capital necessary for sustaining independence and promoting socio-economic development. IDEP has a mandate to train policy makers and development professionals, to provide advisory services for African governments and regional organisations, to promote original thinking and research on Africa’s policy issues, to become a centre of excellence with full intellectual freedom that will lead the debate on African development issues and uphold the economic independence of African countries. The headquarters of IDEP is in Dakar, Senegal.

One of IDEP’s major programme areas is research on economic development issues, which complements its extensive training programme and responds primarily to the needs of its policy-making communities and other stakeholders. The research agenda for IDEP is designed to support, strengthen and inform its training programmes and other interface functions. Research is of three types: institutional, collaborative, and individual and covers a broad set of subject-areas from economic structure and policy reform, to development planning, privatization and debt management.

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is an international organisation which fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks.

INTOSAI - IDI Development Initiative 

The IDI’s mission is to enhance the institutional capacity of Supreme Audit Institutions in developing countries through needs-based, collaborative and sustainable development programmes in INTOSAI regions and groups of SAIs to meet the existing and emerging needs of stakeholders.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The OECD Working Party on Debt Management was set up in 1979 as a special working group of the OECD’s Committee on Financial Markets. Since its creation, the Working Party has been a unique policy forum for the 30 senior government debt managers from OECD Member countries to exchange their views and experiences in the field of government debt management and government securities markets.

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Unitar’s Public Finance and Trade Programme supports developing countries, including LDCs, and economies in transition through developing the capacities of senior and middle level official, networking and fostering of best practices among government and private sector officials, and strengthening the capacity of selected local and regional institutions to provide training to their stakeholders. UNITAR's mission is to deliver innovative training and conduct research on knowledge systems to develop the capacity of beneficiaries.

Other World Bank Debt Management TA Providers

Global Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond Program (GEMLOC) 

The Securities Markets Group of the Global Capital Markets Development Department (GCMSM) helps countries to develop and promote deeper, liquid, and more stable capital markets, including public and private bond markets. With regard to public debt markets, the group provides technical support to implement debt strategies, build capacity, and introduce reforms.

Last updated: 2012-05-17

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