Budgeting & Financial Management

Budgeting & Financial Management Courses in South Africa

2KO's courses in Budgeting & Financial Management will assist you with understanding the process of drawing up and managing financial budgets as well as teach you varied strategies to manage finances. 2KO International supplies computer training all over Africa, starting from beginner level to advanced certification, and is also a top supplier of internationally recognised online computer courses, to ensure the best Budgeting & Financial Management training anywhere in South Africa, and even the world.

 

Budgeting & Financial Management (Public Sector) (2 weeks)

Course overview
As financial resources of projects becomes constrained as a result of multiple demands by the various project objectives, the need for critical budget preparations and compilation has become very important. Budgets are prepared for many different purposes and the period of future forecasting varies, but most projects budget are prepared annually with the input from the various project activity areas to estimate their proposed expenditure for the period and for the appropriate subvention and allocation of funds earmarked for the projects.

With this in mind project finance and budget officers in various donor funded projects are challenged to exhibit high professionalism in the data mobilisation for the preparation of the budgets, and to meet and comply with budget submission deadlines. Sub-vented institutions also needs to effectively utilize budget funds allocated in accordance with the initial proposal submitted. This calls for the implementation of a strategic finance and budgetary control effort by all section/department heads and managers towards the achievement of the budget objective. This 4 week course has been designed to sharpen the skills of officers who are directly or indirectly involved in finance and budget preparation of projects for their organization, to comply with their donor funding agency reporting requirements.

Who should attend the course?
This course is primarily designed for the following target group in mind.
Principal Budget officers
Assistant budget officers
Budget Clerks
Finance Managers
Department or Sectional Heads
Accountants
Auditors

Course objectives
At the end of this course, participants will be able:
Understand the principles of financial management for donor/grant funded projects.
To understand how financial management and budgeting are interrelated.
To grasp the core understanding of how budgets are compiled and monitored.
To be able to present a well defined reporting system as a compliance measure.
Understand project finance & budgeting.

Course Contents
Understanding Budgets in the Public Sector
Functions of the Budget Process
Budgetary Principles & Budget Cycle
Budget preparation, execution and alterations
Cash Planning and Management
Investment Budgets and Programmes (PIPs)

Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF)
Linking Sector level Policy, Planning and Budgeting
Linking Policy, Planning and Budgeting at the Government-Wide Level
Linking Policy, Planning and Budgeting in the Planning and Resource Management Cycle
Stages of the MTEF
Weaknesses that produce Poor Budgeting Outcomes

Approaches to Budget Reform
Context and issues in Budget Reform
Current initiatives in Budget Reform
Institutional arrangements for Better Budgetary Outcomes

Financial Management & Accounting & Control
Preparation of NGO and Government Wide financial Statements
Accounting for Restricted and unrestricted Funds
Fund Accounting and encumbrance Accounting
Interpretation Of Financial Statements
Corruption and Fraud issues in Public Expenditure
Capital Budgeting and Project Financing
Auditing and Financial Control
Public expenditure Monitoring and Tracking and the role of the Auditor general
Computerised Application in recording transactions and presentation of information

Final Project
Action Planning

Aid and Public Expenditure
Improving effectiveness and Accountability
Poverty and Public Expenditure
Donor Support to Public Expenditure and the relevant accounting
Programme Aid and the Financing Gap
Managing the SWAP approach and Basket Funding

Public Expenditure Management (PEM)
Budgeting and political realities in relation to values of Fiscal discipline and Budgetary outcomes
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and PRSPs

Forecasting Models for Planning Purposes
Moving averages and exponential Smoothing
Regression analysis through data analysis applications (Computerised)
Qualitative and Quantitative methods