Top Five Open Budgets Posts of 2013

Jan 08, 2014

2013 was another very active year for the International Budget Partnership, from the release of the Open Budget Survey 2012 in late January to the launch of important new research in our book Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation, and Accountability to the second annual Open Government Partnership Summit in November. Throughout the year […]

Are Public Finance Management Reforms Working in Francophone African Countries?

Dec 23, 2013

This post was written by Babacar Sarr, Program Officer for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership. Francophone countries in West and Central Africa have introduced significant reforms in their systems of public financial management (PFM) over the last decade. On June 2009 and on December 2011, the West African Economic and Monetary Union […]

Open Data Call: Our Struggles in Collecting and Analyzing Data on Insolvency Risk Among California Local Governments

Dec 17, 2013

This post was written by Marc Joffe, principal consultant at Public Sector Credit Solutions. A recent court decision allowing the city of Detroit to enter into bankruptcy underscores the fact that U.S. local governments are not fiscally invincible. Although local government insolvency in the United States is rare, its impact on residents, employees, pensioners, and […]

Links Roundup: News and Publications on Open Budgets

Dec 12, 2013

  IBP News Recent IBP newsletter with articles on the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual meeting, civil society learning exchanges, budgeting for food security, new publications, and more New Budget Brief on citizen participation in county-level budget processes in Kenya IBP Director Warren Krafchik was interviewed by The Guardian about the importance of government budget […]

Austria Launches Budget Transparency Portal

Nov 25, 2013

This post was written by Bernhard Krabina, a researcher, consultant, and trainer at the Centre for Public Administration Research (KDZ) in Vienna, Austria. His main areas of work are open government, public governance, and knowledge management. You can find him on Twitter @krabina. Public availability of municipal spending data is nothing new in Austria. But […]

Recent Developments in Tunisia’s Budget Process

Nov 20, 2013

This post was written by Akram Al-Turk, Program Officer for the MENA Project at the International Budget Partnership. Last week the Tunisian Ministry of Finance published its 2014 Executive’s Budget Proposal (including two supplements) on its website. While the proposal is a brief document with few details on the government’s plans for raising and spending […]

Using OGP to promote fiscal openness: which way forward?

Nov 13, 2013

This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow at the International Budget Partnership. The curtain has come down on the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) 2013 Summit — two days of intense discussions and idea exchanges. One could almost sense the excitement around this (still quite new) initiative, with governments and civil society groups […]

IBP at the ODI CAPE Conference on “Budgeting in the Real World”

Nov 11, 2013

This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow at the International Budget Partnership ODI’s 2013 CAPE Conference “Budgeting in the Real World” will be streamed live on 13-14 November. Sign-up to participate online and tweet your questions and comments to #CAPE2013. As Rudolf Goldscheid, an Austrian sociologist of the early 20th century, […]

Lima’s participatory budgeting initiative boosts civic optimism and youth participation

Nov 08, 2013

This post was written by Jacob Bathanti, an independent writer and consultant. He blogs on open government and global politics at Obscure Suddha. When I last wrote about Lima’s participatory budgeting (PB) initiatives, the city government had just introduced consulta virtual, using online voting platforms to expand participation in voting on public projects. Though only […]