Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) January 20, 2012
FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, is pleased to announce the presentation of the FreeBalance Public Financial Management Award of Excellence to the Government of Liberia for Change Management in a GRP project, represented to the FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) delegation from Liberia. FreeBalance Awards of Excellence were presented at the FISC that took place from January 16-18, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.
“Many experts point to resistance to change as the most difficult internal challenge in government management,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “Change Management by the Government of Liberia is second-to-none. This has been one of the smoothest partnerships that we have experienced in over 25 years of business.”
The Government of Liberia selected FreeBalance Accountability Suite to act as the GRP system in 2010 after a competitive bid process. The software is to be implemented in five sites with FreeBalance Public Financials Management, Government Performance Management, Public Expenditure Management and Civil Service Management functionality. The Liberia Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) was launched by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in July 2011. President Sirleaf stated: “Liberia can now stand shoulder to shoulder with many countries, far and near, and can boast of a robust public financial management system with attendant budget efficiency capabilities and optimum controls.”
The GRP scope of the Liberia IFMIS was significant for a post-conflict country. Nevertheless, the implementation was rolled out smoothly, thanks to the highest level of political support and good project management processes practiced by the Government of Liberia. Change Management is the discipline of helping employees to accept and support process and organizational change. It is also leveraged to adjust scope to better meet user requirements.
The GRP software was put into production on time and on budget. Additional phases are expected ending in 2016. This achievement is in contrast to the majority of IFMIS projects in Africa that have failed to meet functionality or time objectives. Some projects, in more advanced countries than Liberia, have been abandoned.
The Government of Liberia leveraged good practices in Change Management through internal marketing and communication campaigns, fun events, project countdown, and training. This resulted in excitement among Liberia public servants for improved governance.
About the FreeBalance Public Financial Management Awards of Excellence
FreeBalance recognizes government customers who have achieved significant improvements in Public Financial Management (PFM). Presented every two years at the FreeBalance International Steering Committee meetings, the awards recognize important governance milestones.
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance is recognized as a leader in fast, adaptable and successful GRP implementations. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide. FreeBalance provides software solutions for public financial and human resource management, and supports reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit http://www.freebalance.com.
The annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) conference runs from January 16 – 18, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. FISC provides an interactive forum to exchange Public Financial Management (PFM) good practices among international customers and PFM thought leaders. FISC drives the FreeBalance Accountability Suite Government Resource Planning (GRP) product direction. Previous FISC events were held in Madeira, Portugal (2011); Mt. Tremblant, Canada (2010); Prague, Czech Republic (2009); Cascais, Portugal (2008); and London, United Kingdom (2007).
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