Public Sector and Finance Management


Predictable framework conditions and good public financial management (PFM) are key to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. These remain challenging issues in many countries. To address these, Scanteam applies Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA), Political Economy Analysis (PEA) and other internationally recognised tools.

Our services

  • Public Sector Management: Improving Predictability

    Scanteam can support the analysis and implementation of public sector reforms; we have managed public sector reform processes; reviewed local authority and decentralisation policies: assessed governance in sectors such as oil and gas, and for private sector development.

  • PFM: Getting Core State Functions ‘Right’

    Scanteam can assist in the planning and implementation of PFM tasks; we have managed PFM reforms and taken part in PER and PEFA studies, fiduciary risk assessments and World Bank or IMF-led financial reviews; and evaluated a range of donor funding arrangements such as budget support. Scanteam consultants are short-listed by the World Bank as quality assurors for PEFA studies.

  • Health Sector Management: Addressing Health Outcomes

    Scanteam supports improved delivery of public health care services through research and writing of public health care policy and reform; improving monitoring and evaluation frameworks; providing capacity development through advice and training; and mainstream gender issues into health programmes, addressing gender equity concerns.

  • Accountability: Corruption in Context

    Scanteam applies vulnerability analyses along value or delivery chains to identify actors, issues and resources for better performance; has reviewed national anti-corruption bodies; and assessed anti-corruption measures for projects, programs and sectors.

  • Development Effectiveness: Putting External Resources to Best Use

    Scanteam has long experience with addressing development effectiveness through reviews and policy advice, including of various multi-actor mechanisms for better funds management in fragile- and conflict-affected situations, and with the design and evaluation of mechanisms for external funding coordination.


Responsible Business

Responsible Business Advisors (RBA) assists companies, policy- makers and multistakeholder initiatives promoting responsible business conduct in emerging markets and developing countries.

Our services include risk analysis, human rights due diligence, policy development, tailoring of tools and measures to reduce risks of human rights breaches as well as evaluations, reviews, studies and facilitation of collaborative processes.

Our work is guided by international standards, guidelines and legislation, like the Norwegian Transparency Act and EUs proposed Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence.
Our team consist of senior Scanteam partners and a network of external experts in a number of countries.

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Strengthening Governance

Scanteam Governance


Weaknesses in governance structures, practices and performance remain common challenges. Improving governance through greater transparency of decision making, more accountability for results, and fairer distribution of benefits, lie at the heart of Scanteam’s governance work.

Our services

  • Rethinking Governance: Collective Action and Social Contracts

    Local contexts require different approaches to building legitimate and lasting social contracts/ governance models. Building on local legitimacy structures yet addressing larger societal concerns may require hybrid constellations of private, public and civic actors. Scanteam has experience in analysing and facilitating the development of such approaches under differing circumstances.

  • Human, Indigenous, Minority and Labour Rights: Advocating Basics

    All societies face challenges in ensuring that all groups have a fair access to society’s benefits. Scanteam has experience in identifying solutions to competing claims by differing right-holder groups, whether this is in the public or private sectors.

  • Civil Society Development: Key for Democracy and Voice

    Civil society is expected to play a key role in societal development yet depend on political space and external resources for organisational growth and development. Scanteam partners have long experience working with non-state actors in the North and South, advising on achievable targets and strategies.

  • Democratic Transition: Challenging Processes

    The dissolution of the Soviet Union (peacefully), Yugoslavia (militarily), “the Arab Spring” all had unforeseen outcomes, yet some lessons can be applied to reduce dangers and enhance chances of success. Scanteam is involved in several processes, in partnerships with academic institutions and political actors, looking at how parties can improve chances of achieving their hoped-for objectives.