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Enhancing Budget Literacy in Russia
June 22, 2017Moscow, Russia


The Conference is organized by the World Bank, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization 'Institute for the Development of Financial Markets'. The speakers and participants will include representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Open Government, finance and education government authorities from the regions of the Russian Federation and Ministries of Finance from European and Central Asian countries – members of the Budget Transparency and Literacy Working Group from PEMPAL Budget Community of Practice.

The internationally recognized concept defines Budget Literacy as “the ability to read, decipher, and understand public budgets in order to promote and support positive involvement from the public in the budget drafting process".

Raising budget awareness amongst the public is a global trend. The Review of the global trends in budget literacy, undertaken by the World Bank in 2015, revealed that elements of the budget literacy are included into the school curricula of at least 34 countries (mainly members of OECD and BRICS).

In December 2014, the World Bank in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation have initiated the joint project to enhance budget literacy in Russia. The development objective of the project was to develop a budget literacy training course for senior secondary school students and test it in three pilot regions.

This Conference will provide an opportunity to present the Budget Literacy Project outcomes and deliverables including the curriculum and teaching and learning materials that have been developed. Participants of the Conference will have a chance to talk to the experts who developed the course and those who were involved with the pilot testing in the regions, including teachers and government officials from Perm Krai, the Republic of Bashkortostan, Altai Krai and Moscow. In addition, the participants will familiarize with international trends in budget literacy development and discuss the way ahead for enhancing budget literacy in the Russian Federation.

9.30 - 9.45

Opening

·       Vladimir Nazarov, Director, Financial Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

·       Adrian Fozzard, Practice Manager of the Governance Global Practice in Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

9.45-11.45

Plenary meeting: Relevance of budget literacy development and practical approaches

Moderator: Vladimir Nazarov, Director, Financial Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

 

Presentation 1: Budget Literacy in the Context of Improving Budget Transparency in the Russian Federation, Sergey Romanov, Director, Department of Budget Methodology and Financial Reporting in the Public Sector, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

 

Presentation 2: Integrating Budget Literacy into Education Curricula, Danuta Chernyshova, Head of the Unit of Standards and Content in the Sphere of General Education, Department of the State Policy in the Sphere of General Education, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

 

Presentation 3: Enhancing Budget Literacy in the Regions of the Russian Federation: Case of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Yuri Belousov, Senior Research Fellow, Financial Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance

 

Reflections of experts and practitioners

·       Ian Hawkesworth, Senior Public Sector Specialist, World Bank

·       Pavel Dityatev, Deputy Minister of Finance, Altai Krai

·       Kanat Asangulov, Head of the Budget Policy Division, Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic

11.45-12.15

Coffee break, media Q&A session

12.15 -13.30

Plenary meeting (continued): Relevance of budget literacy development and practical approaches

Moderator: Maya Gusarova, Senior Public Sector Specialist, World Bank

 

Presentation 4: Global Trends in Budget Literacy Development, Harika Masud, Social Development Specialist, World Bank

 

Presentation 5: Engaging Citizens in the Budget Process and Enhancing Budget Literacy in the PEMPAL countries: Case of Croatia, Mihaela Bronic, Institute of Public Finance, Croatia

 

Reflections of experts and practitioners

·       Anna Belenchuk, Head of the Unit of Analysis and Development of the Budget System, Department of Budget Methodology and Financial Reporting in the Public Sector, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

·       Ronnie Downes, Deputy Head, Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division, OECD

·       Inna Rykova, Head, Center of Sectoral Economy, Research Institute of Finance, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of Budget Literacy Expert Council

13.30-14.30

Lunch

14.30-16.00

Session A: Approaches to developing budget literacy for senior school students – results of Budget Literacy Course pilot testing

Moderator: Inna Rykova, Head, Center of Sectoral Economy, Research Institute of Finance, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of Budget Literacy Expert Council

 

Presentation 6: Budget Literacy Course: Objectives, Content, Forms of Teaching, Ilya Sokolov, Director, Institute of Macroeconomic Studies, Russian Foreign Trade Academy

Alexander Kovalevsky, General Director, Institute of Budget Solutions

 

Lessons from Piloting of the Budget Literacy Course in the Context of Developing Budget Transparency and Literacy in Regions of the Russian Federation

·       Nailya Iskuzhina, regional pilot testing coordinator in the Republic of Bashkortostan

·       Margarita Udot, regional pilot testing coordinator in Perm Krai

·       Maria Blok, regional pilot testing coordinator in Altai Krai

 

Questions and Answers

 

Thank You Letters Ceremony

16.00-16.30

Coffee break

16.30-18.00

Session B: Development of budget literacy in the Russian Federation: way forward

Moderator: Ilya Sokolov, Director, Institute of Macroeconomic Studies, Russian Foreign Trade Academy

 

Presentation 7: Directions for Development of Budget Literacy in the Russian Federation, Mark Agranovich, Head of the Education Monitoring & Statistics Centre, Federal Education Development Institute

Anna Belenchuk, Head of the Unit of Analysis and Development of the Budget System, Department of Budget Methodology and Financial Reporting in the Public Sector, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

 

Reflections of experts and practitioners

·       Kirill Vasiliev, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

·       Dmitry Kalmykov, Deputy Head, Office of Management and Budget, Minidtry of Finance of Tver region

·       Andrei Markov, Associate Professor, School of Economics, Moscow State University

·       Andrei Blokhin, Lead Research Fellow, Institute of National Economy Prognostics, Russian Academy of Science

·       Anatoliy Glazunov, Lead Research Fellow, Center of Professional Education and Qualification Systems, Federal Institute of Education Development

18.00-18.15

Wrap-up

·       Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

·       The World Bank

18.15-20.00

Reception



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