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Making Fiscal Space Happen! Managing Fiscal Policy in a World of Scaled-Up Aid

  • Heller, Peter S.
  • Katz, Menachem
  • Debrun, Xavier
  • Thomas, Theo
  • Koranchelian, Taline
  • Adenauer, Isabell

Debt relief and the scaling up of aid to low-income countries should allow for greater fiscal space for expenditure programs to create long-term growth and lower poverty rates. But designing a suitable medium-term fiscal framework that fosters a sustainable delivery of better public services and infrastructure while maintaining a credible commitment to fiscal prudence confronts many challenges. This paper discusses what low-income countries can do to shape fiscal policy frameworks that are ambitious in trying to absorb additional aid while still ensuring longer-term sustainability for government expenditure programs and finances. It suggests what approaches can be used to manage the greater fiscal policy risks associated with a scaled-up aid environment, including coordination with monetary policy. The paper also discusses what institutional changes are needed if donors and countries are to facilitate the implementation of a higher level of aid-financed spending programs.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:rp2006-125
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