The overall objective of the DMFAS Programme is to strengthen the capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to manage their debt in an effective and sustainable way, in support of poverty reduction, development and good governance.
The Programme offers countries a set of proven solutions for improving their capacity to handle the day-to-day management of public liabilities and produce reliable debt data for policy-making purposes. This includes its specialized debt management software, DMFAS – which greatly facilitates the work of the debt office – as well as advisory services and training activities in debt management.
DMFAS Programme's mandate
Most recently, the mandate adopted in Doha at the occasion of UNCTAD XIII reaffirms, inter alia, the importance and the role of the DMFAS Programme in supporting effective debt management. The mandate states: “UNCTAD should […] continue […] providing technical assistance and support for developing countries in building national capacities through the DMFAS Programme, in cooperation, where appropriate, with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and other stakeholders”.
In addition, the Programme’s objective is supported by numerous resolutions and declarations:
Sustainable Development Goal 17: "Goal 17.4: Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress."
Financing for Development: Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Section E. Debt and debt sustainability). Full text is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian
Doha Declaration on Financing for Development: outcome document of the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus ((A/CONF.212/L.1/Rev.1). Full text is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.