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Sanjeev Gupta, Duncan Last, Isabell Adenauer, Kevin Fletcher, Gerd Schwartz, Shamsuddin Tareq, and Richard Allen
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
This paper discusses the role of fiscal policy and fiscal institutions in managing scaled-up aid. In an environment of volatile scaled-up aid, fiscal policy formulation should be anchored in medium-term frameworks, incorporating a longer-term view of potential resource availability and spending plans. There is merit in smoothing expenditures over time so that all programs are adequately funded. The paper argues that wage-bill ceilings should be used in Fund-supported programs only in exceptional cases. The paper also discusses basic reforms for strengthening public financial management systems for effective utilization of scaled-up aid flows.