Making the Most of Citizens Budgets

In many countries civil society and the media play an important role in “translating” budget information for a general audience. But governments should also lead on informing the public about budget processes and policies. One way to do so is to publish Citizens Budgets — shorter, simpler documents aimed at a general audience.
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How Does Civil Society Use Budget Information?

Is there a mismatch between the budget information supplied by governments and demand among civil society? This paper examines the “demand side” of fiscal transparency using findings from a global survey of civil society groups that use budget information for analysis and advocacy activities. It aims to arrive at a better understanding of how civil society uses budget information, the challenges that they face when accessing it, and the improvements they would like to see in the way governments disseminate it.
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Doing Accountability Differently in India

Public service delivery is complex. The solution? We need to start doing accountability differently. But what does this look like in practice? Two recent IBP case studies documenting the work of Support for Advocacy and Training to Health Initiatives (SATHI) and Samarthan in India provide some insights.
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