By Miguel Trillo

We are happy to start the year with an challenging new assignment in The Philippines. This is our first time in The Philippines.

Our team will spend a month in Manila in Spring working with the Department of Budget and management from the Government of the Philippines to assist in the contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and poverty reduction.

Our team will evaluate an EU contribution to reduce poverty through improved public finance management resulting in improved delivery of basic services by local governments.

The specific objective of the project is to enhance capacity of local governments to generate revenue and to allocate and spend public funds more effectively and efficiently.