Every country faces the challenge of how to use public resources efficiently and effectively. Without good public financial management (PFM), governments may find it challenging to use public funds to deliver essential services or focus on their long-term goals. How can countries' PFM be evaluated in a way that supports sustainable development?

With the PEFA Framework, we can assess and understand the strengths and weaknesses of a country's PFM system and use this information to support improvements. The PEFA Framework has become the gold standard for assessing PFM performance – with over 650 assessments done in over 150 countries around the world at all income levels.

This four-module self-paced e-learning course will provide an introduction to the PEFA Framework, how to understand and use it, and the process involved. The course also presents examples, offers guidance documents and background material. Participants will be invited to complete quizzes to test their understanding throughout the course. Participants will receive a course completion certificate after successfully completing all quizzes in each of the four modules. 


  • Get to know the PEFA Program
  • Gain and understanding of the PEFA Framework and its methodology
  • Understand the phases of a PEFA assessment process, including how its findings can be used as an input for PFM reform improvements


Module 0 - Course overview 
Welcome to the course; overview of the modules 
Module 1- Introducing PEFA 
What is PFM, how PEFA measures PFM performance 
Module 2 - What is the PEFA Framework?
The core concepts and principles Of the PEFA Framework 
Module 3 - How to apply the PEFA Framework 
What the PEFA indicators and dimensions measure 
Module 4 - Managing a PEFA assessment 
The different steps of a standard PEFA assessment process, role of different stakeholders, and using PEFA as an input for PFM improvements.

Target Audience

  • Government officials, development partners and consultants planning to undertake, support or use a PEFA assessment
  • Other potential PEFA users including researchers and representatives of civil society