Lessons learned: engaging the public in budget discussions despite social distancing

By Abraham Rugo, Country Manager, IBP-Kenya— Jun 04, 2020

On March 13, 2020 Kenya recorded its first COVID-19 infection. Two days later, the government restricted movement and meetings in a bid to contain the disease. In this post, IBP-Kenya staff details its response, alongside partners, to engage virtually with budget and service-delivery processes.

No disabled person will be left behind in Senegal

Pam Bailey, International Budget Partnership— Jun 04, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is acting like a magnifying glass—exposing in sharp relief the inequalities that often fester in relative obscurity during other times. This post explores the work of the Federation of Associations of Persons with Disabilities in Senegal to ensure that people with disabilities get access to the social services they need.

Civil society organizations around the world advocate for transparent and just responses to COVID-19

by Jason Lakin & Guillermo Herrera*, International Budget Partnership— Jun 04, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the plans of governments, businesses and households around the world. The same is true for civil society organizations, including our global network of groups committed to budget-related advocacy. In this post, we highlight our partners around the world and their nimble responses to the crisis.

Tackling COVID-19 requires a more progressive and targeted tax policy: a look at Kenya

John Kinuthia, Lead Research Analyst, IBP-Kenya & Jason Lakin, Senior Fellow, IBP— Jun 03, 2020

This post explores the important tax changes the Kenyan government has made to deliver benefits to small businesses and formal-sector workers with lower incomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the authors find that the government also provides poorly justified tax cuts for large businesses and individuals with higher incomes.

Reinventing public finance: A closer look at New Zealand’s Well-Being Budget experiment

Delaine McCullough, Paolo de Renzio & Chye-Ching Huang*— Jun 02, 2020

New Zealand, a longstanding leader of public finance management reforms, is once again charting a path for others to follow with the introduction of its “Well-Being Budget” approach in 2019. This blog explores that approach and how other countries can learn from this opportunity.

We Feed the Nation and Cultivate the Land: Open the Budget Process to Us

Mary Afan, Janet Olaleye & Zainab Arah Isa*— Jun 01, 2020

Women constitute 70% of the farming workforce in Nigeria and feed the nation and cultivate the land. In this post, three of those farmers chronicle their journey to understand why budgets matter to their livelihood and their fight to get access to critical budget information.

The COVID-19 Accountability Emergency

By Ian Gary, Director, Power & Money, Oxfam America— May 29, 2020

In this guest post, Oxfam America’s Ian Gary says governments must open up their budgets to public scrutiny when billions of dollars are flowing to end the crisis.

Devil in the details? Budget Transparency in the Health and Education Sectors

María José Eva, Jason Lakin & Sally Torbert, IBP— May 21, 2020

Why should organizations focused on maternal health in rural communities, or access to education for kids with disabilities, or the provision of water and sanitation in slums be concerned about a lack of information in budget documents? This post dives into the answers and explores why key budget documents are so critical.

Crippling Debt: Transparent Lending and Borrowing Must be Part of the Solution

Tim Jones, Head of Policy, Jubilee Debt Campaign— May 19, 2020

Countries around the world are facing an unprecedented debt crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a rise to the largest capital outflow from developing countries ever recorded. In this post, Tim Jones of the Jubilee Debt Campaign proposes a series of measures to make lending more transparent and responsible.