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Summing up and what next?

Over the course of the last four weeks, we’ve had a look at several components of public financial management. Now that you have hopefully finished this course, you’ll have a better understanding of how public sector organisations report their financial condition to the public, how they spend public money, how they raise revenues and how public finances can be kept under control.

With the help of other learners, I hope you have come to better appreciate the complexities in managing public finances and the kinds of institutions and processes that are used in many countries around the world to deal with the fundamental issue of making good use of public monies, for the sake of delivering better services to us, as citizens and taxpayers. I encourage you to keep your eye on the financial news and keep questioning the evidence, the decisions made and the policies that support them.

Above all, I would like to thank you for participating in the course. I hope you enjoyed it. Please do let us know what you thought of the course by completing the post-course survey.

If you want to know more about public financial management, you might consider looking at what we do at the School of Finance and Management at SOAS University of London: we offer an MSc in Public Financial Management that can be attended both on campus and via distance learning through the Centre for Financial and Management Studies.

If you opt to study via distance learning, we also offer individual 8-week modules on Financial Reporting, Planning and Performance, Revenues and Audit and Compliance, where learners can gain an Individual Professional Award. Alternatively, you can contact us for any tailored course to meet the particular needs of your organisation.

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Want a certificate?

Don’t forget, if you’ve completed the majority of steps on the course, you will be eligible to purchase a Certificate of Achievement, which comes in the form of a printed certificate.

This is a great way to show your interest in the subject, your commitment to your career, or as evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Thanks again for joining us.

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Understanding Public Financial Management: How Is Your Money Spent?

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