In 2003 the thirteen member countries of the East and Southern African Association of Accountants General (ESAAAG) resolved to start the process of moving towards the preparation of accounts in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). The website provides information about the association, links to contacts within each member country, ESAAAG conference proceedings, including papers on IPSAS adoption, and ESAAAG workplans.
The Caribbean Public Finance Association (CaPFA) is a regional association of public finance professionals dedicated to public financial management improvements in the 20 Caribbean countries that they represent. Their governments are engaged in reforms that include adoption of accrual accounting (applying International Public Sector Accounting Standards), output based budgeting, and fiscal responsibility legislation. This website includes newsletters, contact information and papers from workshops and conferences.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) activities include support for improvements in governments' governance, accountability and transparency within the Asia region. Better accounting is seen as an important part of such improvements. This website includes diagnostic studies of countries' accounting and auditing, events information, and information about current reform projects. Below is a direct link to an ADB produced book that provides information on the state of accounting and auditing within selected countries in the region.
The United Nations' Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) promotes economic and social development through regional and subregional cooperation and integration and serves as the main general economic and social development forum within the United Nations system for the ESCWA region. In July 2003, ESCWA held an Expert Consultative Meeting on Public Administration and Public Accounting Development, which included presentations on public sector accounting. The papers can be accessed under 'past events': 2003.
This paper, by Mr Hassan Ouda of Tilburg University, was presented to the ESCWA's Expert Consultative Meeting on Public Administration and Public Accounting Development in July 2003. It outlines the need for changes in the government accounting and budgeting system, and discusses the link between management reform and accounting and budgeting reform.
The Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens (FEE) is the representative organisation for the accountancy profession in Europe. FEE's membership consists of 44 professional institutes of accountants from 32 countries. FEE's public sector committee has published two studies on accrual accounting and provides information to its membership on IPSAS news and developments.
The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management works globally with governments, organizations and individuals with the aim of improving financial management so that governments may better serve their citizens. The Consortium holds conferences and produces an informative journal, the Public Digest, which is available on-line.
The Government and wider public sector of Slovakia are in process of adopting IPSAS, with effect from 1 January 2008. This website links to a presentation on IPSAS adoption within the Republic of Slovakia. The Ministry of Finance website includes detailed information on the Republic's Public Finance Management Reforms generally and particularly the adoption of IPSAS
The Institute of Public Management of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences is involved in IPSAS adoption within the Swiss public sector. The Director, Prof. Dr. Andreas Bergmann, is a public member and Chair of the IPSAS Board. The website of the Institute of Public Management includes publications and research on IPSAS and government accounting and reporting as well as IPSAS Newsletter (mainly in German).
Paper published by the European Federation of Accountants (FEE) in January 2007 describes progress made by European countries in the implementation of accrual accounting in the public sector. There is an 80 per cent adoption of some form of accrual accounting across public sector bodies. The paper notes that it is becoming more likely that public sector organizations will use IPSAS as the basis for introducing accounting standards. Countries well advanced in accrual accounting within their public sectors include: Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and the United Kingdom.