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Debt Management Facility (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.


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.

DMFAS - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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.

Debt Relief International (DRI) 

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.

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.

The Public Debt Management team (part of the Banking and Debt Management Department, World Bank Treasury) supports governments to 1) 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 2) to execute that strategy efficiently, while managing risk in a prudent manner.

West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM)

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.

Last updated: 2012-11-15

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