CABRI launched the Building PFM Capabilities programme in 2017 to strengthen the capabilities of African government officials for the implementation of reforms that achieve functional public financial management (PFM) systems. The Building PFM Capabilities programme is premised on the Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach.
Seven Anglophone African country teams successfully completed the first edition of the Building PFM Capabilities in Africa programme in 2017. A team of Liberian officials from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) participated in the programme to solve the lingering PFM problem of high off-budget expenditures and on-budget transfers. This paper narrates the journey that the team undertook, providing documented evidence of the progress over time and how the team built its own capabilities and diffused them over seven months, which happened to be an electoral transition period in Liberia.