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Improving Development Outcomes. Bringing together communities of practice in Managing for Development Results.

Improving development effectiveness is critical for reducing poverty in developing countries. In many developing countries the public sector operates without an overall strategy of specific objectives and accountability. The managing for development results (MfDR) approach utilizes information to arrive at better decisions, with the goal of achieving tangible and sustainable development outcomes.

Both Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have regional communities of practice that bring together government officials, academics, and other development professionals. These two networks are now participating in inter-regional forums to promote the exchange of experiences between their respective practitioners and experts. The first seminar, Decentralization and the Changing Role of Central Finance Agencies, took place in Manila November 28-29, 2012 with the participation of public officials from 11 Asia-Pacific countries and 5 LAC countries (forum report). The second, Decentralization: Political and Fiscal Challenges, was held in Mexico City May 20-22, 2013 (agenda).

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