Leadership Challenges for Structural Reforms - PDIA

Mar 28, 2023 Online No Fee

About this learning event

This webinar will highlight the nontechnical factors influencing the decision-making in the ERP process, and explain the concept of “change agents”, where a parallel can be drawn with ERP technical coordinators and their leadership role in the reform processes. It will also introduce Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA), a step-by-step approach to solving complex problems. The approach was developed by Harvard professor Matt Andrews and his colleagues. It rests on four principles:

  • Local solutions for local problems – The problems are defined and prioritized by local agents. Solutions are refined and context-specific.
  • Pushing problem-driven positive deviance - Creating space to encourage experimentation and positive deviation.
  • Try, learn, iterate, adapt - Promoting active experiential and experimental learning trough feedback loops, which are built into regular management. This opens space for real-time adaptation.
  • Scale through diffusion - Engaging champions across sectors and organizations who ensure reforms are viable, legitimate and relevant.

At the webinar we will share experiences from applying the approach in the ERP preparation process and in PFM reforms in Africa and reflect on the concept of cooperation in reform processes.


  • Joanna Bento, Programme Manager, Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI)
  • Florian Hauser, Team Leader – Public Administration Reform, Thematic Support - Rule of Law, Governance and Security, DG-NEAR, European Commission
  • Elson Caka, ERP Coordinator, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Albania
  • Robert Bauchmüller, Chief Officer | Strategy, CEF

Target audience

Officials of policy, budget and analytical departments of line and finance ministries involved in the planning, design and coordination of structural reforms outlined in the ERP; ERP Coordinators and their teams


This event is delivered as part of the EU-funded multi-beneficiary project “Structural Reforms Better Integrated Within Fiscal Frameworks” (FISR2) implemented by the CEF.

Funded by the European Union