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Budget Reforms in Afghanistan— A Practitioner’s Perspective

Facing critical challenges to its public financial management system, the Government of Afghanistan seized a window of opportunity to successfully craft a new budget process that prioritized reform sequencing, transparency, and public engagement, and laid the structural foundation for future budgets to adhere to international best practices. In this Development Practice Note, Former Afghan Deputy Minister of Finance Khalid Payenda offers insight on how practitioners can better write, adopt, and utilize budgets as the key tool for policymaking.