Participants at the 2014 GN-PBO Annual Assembly, held at the University of Ottawa, Canada


  • About GN-PBO

    Who We Are

    The Global Network of Parliamentary Budget Officers (GN-PBO) is a Community of Practice (CoP) that provides a platform for knowledge and experience sharing on good practices, concepts, challenges and opportunities related to the design, establishment, and operation of PBOs.

    What We Do

    This is achieved through a combination of face-to-face seminars and dialogues, regular distance learning and knowledge events such as video conferences, webinars, and e-courses, and through online participation and dialogue.

    Who Is It For

    The GN-PBO community brings together staff of PBOs, technical staff from parliamentary secretariats that provide parliamentarians with budget analysis, and external research units that support parliamentary engagement in the budget process through provision budget analysis.

    In addition, the community will be open, on an ad hoc basis, to those individuals and institutions that have an interest in strengthening the capacity of PBOs. Examples of such individuals and institutions include external knowledge experts and international organizations like the World Bank and OECD.

    Our Objectives

    1. Increase connections, connectivity and communications between PBOs
    2. Enhance access to information and resource materials
    3. Improve understanding of concepts, mechanisms and practices on planning, establishment, and implementation
    4. Promote knowledge exchange; experience sharing, and collaboration between PBOs

    Our Approach

    • Capacity gap identification through knowledge exchange
    • Capacity development through structured learning
    • Experience sharing through featured initiatives
    • Collaboration in collective problem-solving
  • About the e-PBO Portal

    Featuring a knowledge repository and tools for peer learning and communication, the e-PBO platform provides members with:

    • Increased connectivity between PBOs

    • Enhanced access to information and resources

    • Improved understanding of key concepts, mechanisms and practices related to PBOs

    We invite you to join our community and take part.

  • What are Parliamentary Budget Offices (PBOs)?

    Parliaments are the institutions that enact budgets, monitor the spending of public funds and hold the government to account for achieving the objectives outlined in their budgets. To effectively analyze and evaluate increasingly complex reforms and policies, it is important for parliaments to have the institutional, technical, and analytical capacity to discharge their budgetary responsibilities.

    The creation of Parliamentary Budget Offices (PBOs) within parliaments is an institutional innovation that enables the legislature to engage in budget formulation and oversight in a more objective, transparent and effective manner.

    The primary roles of PBOs are to:

    • Analyze budgets presented by the Executive
    • Examine the financial impact of proposals through cost estimates
    • Assess a nation’s fiscal health by reporting on economic forecasts and assumptions

    The particular functions of PBOs may vary from one jurisdiction to another depending on the political and economic context in which it exists and the demand for its services.

  • GN-PBO Community Charter

    In 2014 the GN-PBO membership developed a Community Charter which elaborates on the goals, membership, operating model, activities, and measurement metrics of the network.  The Community Charter is a living document.

    The Charter includes the community of practice’s rationale, scope, membership benefits and guidelines, organization, and resource commitments.

    Objectives

    The GN-PBO is a practitioner network that seeks to:

    1. Enhance community members’ understanding as to the role of Parliamentary Budget Offices (PBOs) in constructively supporting parliaments and parliamentarians in discharging their duties in the budget making process;
    2. Provide technical training opportunities to GN-PBO members on key topics identified by the network; and
    3. Convene members of the GN-PBO in order to advance the global PBO knowledge agenda

    Target CoP Membership

    The community will bring together staff of PBOs, technical staff from parliamentary secretariats that provide parliamentarians with budget analysis, and external research units that support parliamentary engagement in the budget process through provision of budget analysis.

    In addition, the community will be open, on an ad hoc basis, to those individuals and institutions that have an interest in strengthening the capacity of PBOs.  Examples of such individuals/ institutions include external knowledge experts, and international organizations like the World Bank and OECD.

    Strategy to drive positive behaviors and engagement

    The GN-PBO CoP provides a platform for knowledge and experience sharing on best practices, concepts, challenges and opportunities related to the design, establishment, and operation of PBOs. This will be achieved through a combination of face-to-face seminars/dialogues, regular distance learning/knowledge events (such as video-conferences, webinars, e-courses) and virtual participation and dialogue through the online portal.

    In particular the GN-PBO CoP will aim to:

    I.Increase connections, connectivity and communications between PBOs;

    II.Enhance access to information and resource materials;

    III.Improve understanding of concepts, mechanisms and practices on planning, establishment, and implementation;

    IV.Promote knowledge exchange, experience sharing, and collaboration between PBOs

    To do so, the approach of the GN-PBO CoP would be as follows:

    • Capacity Gap identification through knowledge exchange
    • Capacity development through structured learning
    • Experience sharing through featured initiatives
    • Collaboration in collective problem solving through seeking advice from members of the community

    The CoP will shape its identity via:

    Relevant stakeholders will be connected through Video-conferencing, Facilitated Online Discussions and Surveys aimed at identifying capacity gaps related to parliaments’ role in budget formulation and passage, especially around the availability of independent budget analysis.

    The community will publish bi-monthly newsletters and other knowledge products. 

    Face-to-Face annual meetings will be organized

    Operating Model

    Communications Format:

    We will use a blend of online and offline Face-to-Face member engagement activities.

    • Examples of online activities include – Time-bounded Topical e-Discussions, e-Newsletters
    • Case studies, documented learning, and knowledge products can be shared online.
    • Examples of off-line activities include conference phone calls /skype
    • Face to face meetings, case clinics, and Webinars also be offered

    CoP stewards will take responsibility for the planning of webinars, monitoring progress and identifying key areas for engagement. They will also support the development of the CoP by building and maintaining relationships with core members, identifying strategic content, external resources and expertise in the field.

    The CoP can draw upon other mechanisms and tools in order to advance the its agenda, such as leadership groups/ working groups etc.

    Platform and other convening tools

    The new GN-PBO platform link is: http://www.e-pbo.org

    The main language of the GN-PBO online platform is English.

    The platform will include the following types of content and collaborative features:

    • E-learning courses
    • Learning Events (e.g.-annual workshops,  study missions within the GN-PBO, regional meetings)
    • Resource materials
    • Webinars and Video conferences
    • Discussion forums
    • Case Studies
    • Case Clinics (Country level)
    • Multimedia: Photo/Video

    As a convening tool, the community will have annual conferences which will bring together a number of core members.

    Performance measures

    In monitoring and evaluating the CoP’s performance, the leaders /managers will implement:

    • Metrics: to check the growth targets through number of new membership (monthly increase) and amount of knowledge production (number of posts shared), activity targets, and participation
    • Measurement of the total number of platform interactions/ usage among the members in the CoP as an indicator of knowledge transfer - e.g. number of replies to discussions (online participations, external emails, phone/Skype calls) and number of documents uploaded or downloaded
    • Online Survey – An annual survey will be conducted to request feedback from CoP members on the effectiveness of the Community of Practice
    • Annual Report – Will highlight the evaluation of achievements
    • Number of unique visitors through guest login portal
    • Rating system for quality of contributions for both registered and unregistered users
    • Number of invitations for events posted on the website by third party users

    The main outcome indicators would be member satisfaction, increased participation, and applied/ realized value.