Recently in Hanoi, from the 22nd to the 25th August 2016, a Public Finance for Children (PF4C) advanced workshop was held successfully with the attendance of 25 representatives from networks, civil society organizations, local and international non-governmental organizations which work in the field of children’s rights protection and public finance management, as well as other organizations and individuals who are interested in the issue. Especially, some experienced experts in development programs including programs for children, participatory planning, and public finance attended the workshop.
The workshop was held in 4 days consecutively, under the guidance of two international lecturers (Mr. Juan Bester and Mr. Nohman Ishtiaq from Oxford Policy Management); and a governance specialist (Dr. Trinh Tien Dung). The lecturers provided attendees knowledge and skills related to Public Finance Management and Public Finance for Children. Through the workshop, attendees were introduced to several essential contents such as the approaching method of PF4C, integrating PF4C into the budgetary process, children-centralized policy analysis, the relation between PF4C and PFM, fiscal decentralization in Vietnam, advocacy for the expansion of fiscal space for PF4C, children-centralized budget analysis, children-centralized evaluation and monitoring method.
After the workshop, attendees, experts and UNICEF’s representatives discussed on PF4C implementation plans in the near future.
According to attendees, this advanced workshop is one of a few workshops about public finance in general and public finance for children in particular in Vietnam. The workshop was very helpful for providing attendees directly related knowledge and skills for their works, as well as creating opportunities for attendees to discuss, analyze the issues as well as adjust the current situation of Vietnam so they can make a coordinated action plan aiming to transparent, efficient, fair, and equitable public finance for children in Vietnam.