IPSAS adoption by the World Food Programme: an application of the contingency model to intergovernmental organisations
by Daniele Alesani; Gwenda Jensen; Ileana Steccolini
International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management (IJPSPM), Vol. 2, No. 1, 2012

Abstract: This paper intends to contribute to the body of literature that explores the drivers and reasons for public sector organisations' accounting reforms. In 2009, the World Food Programme (WFP) became the first United Nations system organisation to successfully implement International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and full accruals accounting. This paper reviews the applicability of the contingency model (Lueder, 1992) and its subsequent version (Financial Management Reform model; Lueder, 2002) to intergovernmental organisations such as those making up the United Nations system. The WFP's case is presented through the conceptual lens of the contingency framework and the case study findings are then used to further develop the contingency model for application to accounting reforms in intergovernmental organisations.

Online publication date: Wed, 29-Aug-2012

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