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Cows and Television: Rolling out a New System for Financial Management Information in Cambodia

Saroeun Bou's picture



On a recent visit to provincial treasury offices to learn about the Financial Management Information Systems, or FMIS, that our Governance teams helped introduce, the conversation became about cows.

The learning curve for an institution accustomed to managing public finances the manual way – that is, with papers and pens – to switch to an automated state-of-the-art system was, some treasury staff said, comparable to bringing a cow to watch television. Cows, they explained, are as unfamiliar with television as some treasury staff are with computers, the internet, and FMIS.

Fortunately, the relevance of the analogy was short-lived. It was soon clear that treasury staff can overcome the learning curve and that the new system has been helpful. I consistently heard praise about the system’s usefulness, because it provides useful financial information, reduces the amount of repetitive work, and generates timely reports. That is a big change.

Learning from our global benchmarking reports: A day in Singapore

Paramita Dasgupta's picture

Global benchmarking reports are great conversation starters. Here in Singapore, a nation defined by its drive for excellence, these benchmarking reports are held as evidence of the country’s development success.  From topping the global education index PISA, the Global Competitiveness Index, and the Leading Maritime Capitals of the World Report, Singapore takes great pride in being first, in Asia if not globally.  
 
An important global ranking for Singapore is the Doing Business survey, a ranking the island nation topped for many years, indicating the ease with which business can be done in the little red dot.

Transit-oriented development and the case of the Marina Bay area in Singapore

Gerald Ollivier's picture


What do you love about the city you live in?
 
Your answer may be a combination of the following: ease of travel and access to many jobs using high quality and low cost public transit; livability as measured by the availability of green or community space such as parks, schools, cultural or shopping centers; ease of walking and biking encouraging active living and an engaging community; and an idea of what the city would look like ten years from now.

LGBTI ในประเทศไทย: ข้อมูลใหม่แสดงเส้นทางสู่การเป็นหนึ่งเดียว กับสังคมยิ่งกว่าที่เคย

Ulrich Zachau's picture
Also available in: English

พรุ่งนี้เป็นวันสากลยุติความเกลียดกลัวคนรักเพศเดียวกัน คนข้ามเพศ และคนรักสองเพศ แนวคิดหลักของงานในวันสำคัญปีนี้คือ ครอบครัว ครอบครัวเป็นสิ่งสำคัญสำหรับชีวิตพวกเราทุกคน เป็นสิ่งที่เราใส่ใจเป็นลำดับแรก และเป็นสิ่งสำคัญกว่าสิ่งอื่นใด  

LGBTI in Thailand: New data paves way for more inclusion

Ulrich Zachau's picture
Also available in: ภาษาไทย

Tomorrow is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. This year, the global theme for this important day is family. Family is vital for all of us, it is what we care about first and foremost.  

In China, a South-South Exchange Helps Countries Yearning for Clean and Efficient Heating Learn from Each Other

Yabei zhang's picture

Places with cold climates need access to a reliable and efficient heat supply for the health of their population. But in developing countries, the majority of rural and peri-urban households do not have access to centralized heating or gas networks. Instead, they use traditional heating stoves that use solid fuels like coal, wood, and dung for heating. These stoves are often inefficient (with thermal efficiency as low as 25%-40% compared to 70% or above for efficient stoves) and emit large amounts of pollutants (e.g., CO and PM2.5), causing indoor and outdoor air pollution with negative health and environmental impacts.
 

Learning for all: shared principles for equitable and excellent basic education systems

Raja Bentaouet Kattan's picture
More than 200 participants – including government officials, policymakers and education experts from over 20 countries gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the global conference Learning for All: Shared Principles for Equitable and Excellent Basic Education Systems.

The conference addressed themes related to improving learning outcomes for all students, including how to support effective teaching and early childhood development, balancing school autonomy and accountability, and how education systems can build the skills needed for the 21st century.   
 



For the host country, Indonesia, the forum provided a valuable chance to look more closely at issues facing its education system.

Các dự án đầu tư đột phá giúp kinh tế Việt Nam phát triển

Kristalina Georgieva's picture

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Tháng trước tôi có dịp sang công tác tại Việt Nam. Những tiến triển mạnh mẽ tại đây so với 17 năm trước đã gây cho tôi một ấn tượng mạnh.

Năm 2000, kênh Nhiêu Lộc – Thị Nghè chảy qua khu trung tâm Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh còn ô nhiễm và gây ảnh hưởng xấu lên sức khỏe người dân sống và làm việc trong khu vực. Nhưng hôm nay, dòng kênh đã được cải tạo với dòng nước trong và sạch, mang thêm màu xanh và sức khỏe cho 1,2 triệu người sống tại khu vực này – một khu đô thị đang phát triển nhanh chóng.

ประเทศไทยเดินหน้าปฏิรูป เพื่อความสะดวกในการประกอบธุรกิจ

Ulrich Zachau's picture
Also available in: English


เจ้าของธุรกิจไทยในเชียงใหม่อาจเปิดรีสอร์ทเพื่อบริการลูกค้าในประเทศรวมถึงนักท่องเที่ยว เขาอาจจะใช้เวลาสองเดือนเพื่อจัดตั้งธุรกิจหลังจากที่เขาหาสถานที่ พนักงานและจดทะเบียนจัดตั้งธุรกิจได้แล้ว โดยรวมแล้วการดำเนินธุรกิจเป็นไปอย่างราบรื่น 

ในขณะเดียวกัน ชาวต่างชาติที่อาศัยอยู่ในเวียดนามและสนใจที่จะมาลงทุนเปิดร้านอาหารโดยมีงบลงทุน 3 ล้านบาทในไทยก็มีประสบการณ์ที่ต่างออกไป เธอพบว่าการจัดตั้งธุรกิจทำได้ไม่ง่ายนัก เว็บไซต์ข้อมูลส่วนใหญ่เป็นภาษาไทย และมีเรื่องเอกสารประกอบการจัดตั้งธุรกิจที่ทำให้เธอกังวลใจ การได้ใบอนุญาตทำงานและการได้ใบอนุญาตประกอบธุรกิจก็ใช้เวลานานกว่าที่คาดไว้ 


Thailand steps up reforms to make doing business easier

Ulrich Zachau's picture
Also available in: ภาษาไทย

A Thai business owner in Chiang Mai might open a small resort serving local people as well as tourists. It would probably take him about two months to set up his business after finding the location, staff and getting the company registered. He would find it reasonably easy to start his business.    

At the same time, a foreign investor living in Vietnam and considering whether to invest 3 million baht in Thailand to start a restaurant might have a different experience. She would likely find the process a bit complex and challenging. Most websites with the relevant information are written in Thai, the paperwork involved in registering a company can be pretty daunting for foreigners, and getting work permits and a business license can take longer than expected.

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