Fiscal Decentralization Executive Training Program at Duke University


Duke University’s Center for International Development (DCID) is accepting applications for its in-person executive education training program on Fiscal Decentralization and Local Government Financial Management (PFD).

This comprehensive three-week program is directed by Prof. Roy Kelly and is designed to better enable professionals to develop and implement decentralization policy reforms to improve local public financial management and stimulate efficient and accountable economic and social development. This year’s course will be held from August 5 – 23, 2024, on Duke University’s campus in the vibrant city of Durham, North Carolina, USA.

The PFD program will cover the following topics:

Fiscal Decentralization: Fiscal federalism and public choice; Allocating expenditure and revenue responsibilities; Designing intergovernmental transfers; Structuring local government borrowing; Local revenue mobilization
Administrative Decentralization: Political and administrative trends; Roles of central and sub-national governments; Intergovernmental cooperation; Effective decentralization strategies; Managing the decentralization process
Intergovernmental Transfers: Structuring recurrent and development transfers; Designing effective performance-based grants; Coordination intergovernmental transfer systems; Monitoring intergovernmental transfers
Local Revenue Systems: Property taxation; User charges and excise tax; Business taxation, license fees, and permits; Income and sales taxation
Fiscal Planning and Management: Local government borrowing and debt management; Budgeting and financial management; Resource administration; Special problems of local revenue administration

This program is open to individuals working professionally on issues of fiscal decentralization, local government finance, intergovernmental transfers and subnational revenue mobilization, governance or other related fields. Past participants include:

  • Central- and local-level elected politicians, policymakers and administrators
  • Economists
  • Lawyers
  • Finance managers
  • Public sector management specialists

For more details about the program, please contact DCID’s Executive Education team at

Visit DCID’s website for more program information or apply here!