Enabling Finance Officials as Trainers and Learning Facilitators

Workshop: March 19 – 21, 2019ILjubljana, SloveniaIApplication deadline: February 20, 2019IData and Analysis for Designing Policies, Leadership for Managing Reforms

This Training-of-Trainers will bring together selected experts from ministries of finance and line ministries to exchange ideas on how to increase cooperation between representatives of their institutions, and connect them into a Network of Regional Experts (NRE), which will take active part into the FISR implementation. Cooperative learning has been repeatedly shown to have strong positive effects on almost every conceivable learning outcome. Being committed to our unique role as a knowledge hub, we pay particular attention to identifying individuals who can build upon and replicate the knowledge acquired at our learning events.

Context

In a bid to fine-tune learning to regional needs, facilitate buy-in and ensure longer term learning results, the CEF strives to identify experts from our constituency, train them and involve them extensively in the delivery of our learning activities. Including a train-the-trainer approach has allowed us to establish an extended community of regional trainers who advocate learning by sharing practice.

This practice we are now extending on the topic of improved design, costing and budgeting of structural reforms as an element of the Economic Reform Programs. Namely, The Economic Reform Programmes (ERP) are aimed at supporting acceleration of growth and competitiveness in the candidate and potential candidate countries and boost their efforts to meet the economic criteria for European Union accession. Important challenges that need to be addressed within the ERP preparation process include: (1) establishment of well-grounded prioritization of structural reforms (SR) areas and related policy measures, (2) quantification of costs and budgetary implications of prioritized SR policy measures, and (3) securing sufficient funds, budgetary and from other sources, to finance the structural reform measures.

How will you benefit?

By the end of this learning initiative participants will have:

  • A better understanding of adult learning and applying participatory learning methods
  • Developed skills to organize and facilitate adult learning
  • Learned new tools to make presentations dynamic, engaging, and effective
  • Got basic guidelines for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating learning initiatives
  • Gained more insight into structural reforms and their links to economic growth, competitiveness, fiscal frameworks, EU accession, and ERPs
  • Received guidance on costing and financing structural reforms
  • Become NRE member

What will you learn?

This learning initiative will bring two-fold value to the participants: a frame of reference for understanding how learning works, and what facilitation of cooperative learning involves. It will also provide technical knowledge on ERPs, including understanding of what is a structural reform and how it should be integrated into the overall fiscal frameworks of the countries.

The aim is to strengthen the capacities of leading experts in Western Balkans and Turkey and involve them as co-facilitators and co-lecturers in the delivery of FISR learning initiatives. We will connect them in a Network of Regional Experts (NRE) that will have a significant role in the implementation of the Action.

The mission of the NRE is to bring forward the current expertise present at the beneficiary countries and utilize it in the learning approach of the project. The NRE will support capturing existing knowledge in line ministries and ministries of finances, packaging it in form of presentations and case studies, and sharing it at FISR learning events as well as on the Line Ministries Portal (LMS).

Who should attend?

The learning initiative will bring together selected representatives from ministries of finance and line ministries from the Western Balkans and Turkey. The workshop will be delivered in English, translation will not be provided. It will be highly participatory; participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and country practices.

No fee will be charged for officials working in the public sector. Flights, transfers and accommodation in Slovenia, and meals during the event will be funded for up to 3 officials per beneficiary country (Western Balkans and Turkey). Applications of additional self-funded candidates from South East Europe (and beyond) will be considered, as far as space permits.

LEAD EXPERTS

CEF Team

The CEF is international organization with the mission to support capacity development for finance officials in South East Europe through learning. We work with our constituency to support their reform efforts. We do this through innovative, participatory, and practical learning solutions. The CEF serves as a knowledge hub for the region. We combine topical expertise and in-depth knowledge of countries in the region with a good comprehension of how reforms take place. Our staff knows how to nourish and expedite learning among individuals and institutions.

Mojmir Mrak

Mojmir Mrak is a Jean Monnet professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing the Slovenian government’s policy in international finance and EU accession. At the CEF, Mr. Mrak lectures and delivers workshops on Instruments for Pre-Accession Assistance. He also facilitated discussions on the inclusion of structural reforms and policy coordination of medium-term fiscal and economic planning for the CEF’s Building Capacities in Policy Design and Implementation (BCPDI) program. Within the BCPDI, he was an advisor for the EU funded Strategic Planning and Budgeting project; for the Fiscal Impact Assessment of Structural Reforms project, he chaired a working group and co-edited the project’s final publication.

Janez Šušteršič

Janez Šušteršič is a senior economic expert with more than 10 years hands-on experience in formulating and implementing economic and fiscal policies. At the CEF he is as affiliated expert supporting development and implementation of the Data and Analysis for Designing Policies thematic area. He led the Slovenian government's macroeconomic institute (IMAD) from 2000 to 2007. He was Vice-President of the ECOFIN's Economic Policy Committee and, in 2012, finance minister of Slovenia designing the policy of fiscal consolidation and banking crisis resolution. Today he is a partner in a private firm RE-FORMA, d.o.o., and a full professor of economic policy. Since 2013 he worked as an international consultant for the OECD and on a number of technical assistance projects.

Partners

This learning initiative is supported by:

European Union
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