Social Change in the Face of Closing Spaces

In a disturbing number of countries around the world, governments are making it ever more challenging for advocates of open, equitable, and accountable budgets to advance our agendas. How can civil society organizations, and those that collaborate with them, respond? The International Budget Partnership has produced a collection of essays, “That’s How the Light Gets In”: Making Change in Closing Political Environments, that explores new opportunities, new strategies, and new alliances for pursuing fiscal accountability in a tougher political environment.
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Financing Development for Children in Africa

IBP’s latest report, published in partnership with UNICEF, examines budget transparency and accountability in 31 African countries. Drawing on data from the Open Budget Survey 2015, the report identifies shortcomings across all three pillars of open and accountable budget systems and provides a set of recommendations for how African governments can improve budget transparency and accountability and ensure that public resources are used in the best interests of the growing population of children in the continent.
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