As part of the ISP's mission to promote excellence in the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in developing and transitional economies, the International Studies Program conducts training programs, workshops, and study tours for public officials in key areas of public policy.
Each summer, from June through August, the International Studies Program offers its Public Policy Summer Training Courses.
The training courses, specifically designed for government officials from developing and transition countries, include courses on fiscal analysis and revenue forecasting; public budgeting and fiscal management; and fiscal decentralization (intergovernmental fiscal relations).
The training courses are designed, developed, and implemented by senior faculty members from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
In addition to our annual fiscal policy training program, the ISP develops and implements training programs that address specific policy issues in individual countries.
For these programs, we engage in a collaborative effort with the host government and the donor to identify and analyze the policy issues at hand. Training sessions are then tailored specifically to the relevant policy issues in the host country and the experience level of the program's participants.
Recent examples of such customized programs include the annual week-long training programs for USAID officers under the USAID Fiscal Reform Project conducted by the ISP, as well as fiscal decentralization training programs conducted by ISP in Uganda in 2003; Guyana and Nepal in 2004; Tanzania and Timor-Leste in 2005; and Bangladesh in 2005 and 2006.
The Fiscal Policy Resource Center is an online ISP initiative to promote excellence in the practice of fiscal policy. The Fiscal Policy Resource Center makes online learning materials available in the fields of fiscal policy and applied economics. The materials are designed to provide clear, structured, and comprehensive overviews of key areas of fiscal policy and economic reform.