The Parliamentary Budget Offices e-learning Course is now drawing to a close, and it has resulted in some very productive discussions over the last four weeks. I will post some summaries of the discussions over the next few weeks, but I though the Global Network would be interested to know some details about the actual participants.
There are 74 registered participants from a range of backgrounds and perspectives, including: individuals currently working in PBOs; parliamentarians; NGO workers; educators; academic researchers; civil servants; lawyers, and those who work in banking and finance in the private sector. There is also a very rich representation of different countries and political systems from around the world including: Argentina, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Comoros, D. R. Congo, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Serbia, Somalia, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and Zambia.
Participants’ motivations for undertaking the course are varied, yet the majority emphasise their desire to learn more about the role of PBOs. There are numerous reasons that the participants have suggested behind this desire, including improving practice in those systems where PBOs are already functioning, informing the design of a PBO where its establishment is ongoing, as well as using the information learned through the course to encourage parliaments to establish a PBO. Some participants also mentioned their intention to use the course to educate the public about budgetary matters and PBOs. Further motivations mentioned include coming into contact with other individuals interested in PBOs and building networks; getting up to date with recent developments in PBOs around the world; learning about distance learning courses, and using the course to directly inform research. Almost all participants suggested, however, that the main motivation for undertaking this course is to share and compare experiences and ideas about PBOs with fellow participants as a means to inform best practice.