Making the Most of the Budget Cycle: The Budget Approval Phase

The budget approval, or enactment, phase of the budget cycle is when the Executive’s Budget Proposal is submitted to the legislature, where the members may then debate, alter, and approve the final budget. Frequently, it is at this point that the key issues in the debate over the budget are established. How can civil society more effectively engage in the approval phase of the budget cycle?
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Opening Budgets to Fight Climate Change

Estimates of the funds that must be mobilized globally for an adequate response to climate change amount to hundreds of billions of dollars per year. Although funds will be coming from both international and domestic private and public sources, much of the climate change efforts will be managed by national and subnational governments through their domestic budgeting systems. To ensure that these scarce resources are spent effectively and reach the intended beneficiaries, transparency and accountability will be essential.
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Making Change in Closing Political Environments

Over the past 20 years, IBP has worked with hundreds of independent organizations the world over to pioneer models of open budgeting, where citizens and civic organizations play an informed and meaningful role in monitoring and influencing the public budget. But how do we advance fiscal accountability in an era of closing government? Our 2016 reflection essays have identified three areas of work where we see hopeful possibilities.
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