Disaster-resilient public financial management webinar

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This is a recording of a webinar which was held on 30th November 2022.

The topics under discussion in this webinar included measures to make public financial management systems more disaster-resilient and the implications for the health sector. Speakers from Oxford Policy Management and Collaborative African Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) [both open new tabs] discussed how public financial management systems can be a tool for resilience, bringing in real-world examples from Ethiopia, Pakistan and further afield. Discussants included the World Bank and WHO. Professor Sophie Witter chaired the session.

A brief summarising the main points from the session can be downloaded here.

Read a blog post which gives an overview of the session here.



Moritz Piatti is a Senior Economist at the World Bank working at the nexus of public finance and health. He is interested in how public financial management reforms can be an enabling force for efficient, and equitable service delivery. His work is currently focused on reforms in the Africa region where he leads various analytical programs that include how to deploy disruptive technology solutions. During his time at the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, Moritz led various evaluations of World Bank support to public financial management reforms and has written extensively on what makes financial management information systems effective. Prior to joining the World Bank, Moritz worked as an advisor to the government of Zanzibar/Tanzania, where he supported authorities in budget management and the introduction of health finance reforms.

Dr Hélène Barroy is a Senior Public Finance expert at the WHO Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing with 20 years of experience. She specializes in budgeting, public financial management, and budgetary space for health. Her current work focus is on health budget formulation and execution issues and reforms. She previously worked for the World Bank Global Health Practice on public expenditure reviews, fiscal policy analyses, and health financing reforms for Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Qatar, and Vietnam. Earlier in her career, she worked as a technical advisor for the French Government, the European Union, and NGOs, providing on-the-ground support to public finance programs and reforms in sub-Saharan African and Southeast Asian countries. She is widely published on public financial management, budgeting, and budgetary space.

Fantahun Belew Asfaw has served in the Ministry of Finance of the Ethiopian Government in various capacities and was engaged in the country’s macro economy and public finance policy design and implementation.  He was also worked in the Ministry of Finance of Liberia as a macro-fiscal advisor. He is currently working for Oxford Policy Management as Disaster Risk Finance Workstream lead in the FCDO/USAID “Building Resilience in Ethiopia” programme (BRE).

Stephanie Allan is Principle Consultant in Oxford Policy Management’s Public Financial Management Team, working with governments to improve the management of domestic resources for service delivery.  She has provided direct technical support to Ministries of Finance and Line Ministries in South Sudan, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Lebanon, and has written on the interplay between PFM and climate change and disaster risk. She is based in Sheffield, Yorkshire (UK).

Mujib Khan is a governance expert with a focus on the centre of government reforms, working with ministries of finance and planning to improve the way governments prepare and execute budgets and create and strengthen institutions that complement and sustain that capability.

Danielle Serabro is a Development Economist who has worked with many African governments to improve the management of their public debt, build public financial management capabilities and improve linkages between public finance and service delivery.