Open Budget Survey Update

To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency in between rounds of the Open Budget Survey, IBP periodically assesses essential components of transparency in countries around the world. The Open Budget Survey April 2016 Document Availability Update includes fresh data on whether national governments in the 102 countries included in the Open Budget Survey 2015 publish each of the eight key budget documents on time as per international standards.
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Social Justice Coalition Campaign to Improve Sanitation Results in 3,000 Submissions to the City of Cape Town’s Budget

Safe, clean, and adequate sanitation services are essential to basic quality of life. The provision of such sanitation services by the City of Cape Town in South Africa has long been a huge concern for residents of Khayelitsha and other informal settlements surrounding the city. In a recent campaign, the Social Justice Coalition and Ndifuna Ukwazi used budget analysis to rally residents to tackle this issue through the city’s budget process.
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The Importance of When: How Timely is the Publication of Key Budget Documents Across the World?

The Open Budget Index – the part of the Open Budget Survey that measures transparency – assesses the public availability of eight key budget documents. To be considered publicly available, a document must be published by the government within an acceptable timeframe. A deeper dive into the Open Budget Survey 2015 data reveals a number of interesting findings regarding the availability and timeliness of budget documents.
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