Bridging Political Polarization: Pension Reform in El Salvador

Building consensus and using evidence to influence policy can be particularly challenging in contexts where political polarization has become entrenched. This was the scenario in El Salvador in 2014, when IBP started working with a diverse group of civil society organizations to influence the debate on pension reform.
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Making the Most of the Budget Cycle: The Budget Formulation Stage

Timing can be everything when it comes to influencing government decisions, and civil society organizations looking to influence budgets can use their knowledge of the budget cycle to determine the timing and targets of their interventions. Take a closer look at the formulation stage of the budget cycle, and examine ways civil society can most effectively engage in it.
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Putting the Government’s Budget Proposal in Context

On 22 February 2017 the South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan delivered the annual budget speech upon tabling the Executive’s Budget Proposal in parliament. As an example of how CSOs can engage in this stage of the process, IBP South Africa responded with the following assessment of the proposal.
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