New finance qualification for UN development staff

Mar 5, 2013

Courses began last month to train over 150 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) staff from nearly 50 countries in an international qualification from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), building greater transparency and performance effectiveness for one of the UN’s largest agencies.

“This partnership between the UN Development Programme and CIPFA represents a great step forward in the promotion of high quality public financial management around the world,” Alan Edwards, CIPFA’s International Director, said.

This accountancy qualification is based on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), representing the highest standard in accountancy and providing those participants who successfully complete it with proof of their high level financial competence.

“UNDP is committed to performance effectiveness, accountability and transparency as critical ingredients to trusted development partnerships, ” George Kyriacou, UNDP’s Deputy Director of Finance and Resource Management said.

“UNDP’s adoption of IPSAS brings greater transparency to UNDP’s financial information, and greater support for results-based management. UNDP’s partnership with CIPFA will help UNDP maintain these high standards, through the continued professional development of UNDP’s finance staff.”

Last year CIPFA and the UNDP signed a contract for CIPFA and Kaplan Financial to train up to 500 UNDP staff in the latest version of CIPFA’s international public financial management qualification. 150 staff members have begun training with further contingents due to be introduced in the future.

The qualification is split into four stages and has been designed to meet the needs of all public sector finance staff from entry level to full professional. At the end of the qualification successful students will be entitled to become full members of CIPFA and add CPFA (Chartered Public Finance Accountant) after their name.

Tuition will be provided in three languages, English, French and Spanish, with Kaplan Financial acting as CIPFA's tuition partner for the English language students.

More information on CIPFA’s international public financial management qualifications can be found here:

Contact information

Tim Windle
CIPFA Press Office
t 0207 543 5787

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