Putting the Government’s Budget Proposal in Context

By by Albert van Zyl, International Budget Partnership South Africa— Feb 23, 2017

Civil society can play an important accountability role throughout the budget process, from formulation to enactment then implementation and audit. Early in the process, civil society organizations can inform the public about the government’s proposals for raising and spending public money and can offer a critical voice that places the proposals in the social and economic context of the country and challenges questionable assumptions. On 22 February 2017 the South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan delivered the annual budget speech upon tabling the Executive’s Budget Proposal in parliament. As an example of how CSOs can engage in this stage of the process, IBP South Africa responded with the following assessment of the proposal.

India: Civil Society Keeping a Close Watch on Social Spending in Madhya Pradesh

by Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Samarthan— Apr 25, 2016

Samarthan, a civil society organization and IBP partner, works in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to address social development issues by strengthening grassroots civil society groups. One of the ways the group does so is through the People’s Budget Initiative (PBI), a large national network of CSOs that work together to influence budget policy. Those who are marginalized and poor need a louder voice and more representation in policy discourse, particularly how public resources are used. In March, 2016, the Madhya Pradesh government presented the budget for financial year 2016-17, which Samarthan and PBI have been working hard to influence, but translating what’s on paper into positive outcomes for the poor and marginalized requires constant vigilance and reassessment.

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التوعية بشأن الأموال العامة في البوسنة والهرسك: القوة في بقائها بسيطة

بقلم إمينا جليفا، مؤسسة CPI— Oct 28, 2015

You are viewing the Arabic translation of this post. View the English version here. في عام 2009، أجرت Centar za zastupanje graðanskih interesa (مؤسسة CPI) مسحًا حول محو أمية الميزانية في البوسنة والهرسك. وكانت النتائج مثيرة للقلق: حيث أظهرت أن نسبة 95 بالمائة من المستطلعين لديهم معرفة قليلة أو معدومة حول كيفية إنفاق الحكومة للمال العام. نظرًا لتعقيدات […]

Raising Awareness of Public Finance in Bosnia and Herzegovina: the Power of Keeping it Simple

by Emina Gljiva, Foundation CPI— Oct 28, 2015

For the CPI Foundation, addressing the low levels of budget literacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina is an urgent challenge. To capture the public’s attention, and underline the importance of budgets, they installed a digital counter displaying how much public money the government is spending. Located on a busy street at the heart of the capital Sarajevo, the counter gives a second-by-second update of expenditure across all central budgets in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Meningkatkan Kesadaran Keuangan Masyarakat: Kekuatan Dalam Mempertahankan Kesederhanaannya

Oleh Emina Gljiva, Foundation CPI— Oct 28, 2015

Pada tahun 2009 Centar za zastupanje građanskih interesa (CPI Foundation) melakukan survei mengenai melek anggaran di Bosnia dan Herzegovina. Hasilnya mengkhawatirkan: 95 persen responden memiliki sedikit atau tidak ada pengetahuan tentang bagaimana pemerintah menghabiskan uang rakyat.

Mengingat kompleksitas penyusunan anggaran di negeri ini, tidak mengherankan bila masyarakat perlu berjuang untuk tetap mendapat informasi. Ada 14 anggaran pemerintah pusat yang terpisah, masing-masing dikendalikan oleh parlemen yang berbeda dan kementerian keuangan yang berbeda pula. Sekumpulan Euro 4,72 miliar (9,28 miliar KM) dibelanjakan melalui anggaran ini setiap tahun, tetapi uang masyarakat jarang dibahas mengenai jumlah totalnya yang tersedia untuk negara.

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La sensibilisation aux finances publiques en Bosnie-Herzégovine : la puissance des choses simples

par Emina Gljiva, Foundation CPI— Oct 28, 2015

En 2009 Centar za zastupanje građanskih interesa (la Fondation CPI) a mené une enquête sur la culture budgétaire en Bosnie-Herzégovine. Les résultats étaient alarmants : 95 pour cent des répondants avaient peu ou pas de connaissances sur la façon dont le gouvernement dépensait l’argent public.

Compte tenu des complexités budgétaires dans le pays, il n’est pas surprenant que la population ait du mal à se tenir informée. Le gouvernement central dispose de 14 budgets distincts, dont chacun est contrôlé par un parlement et un ministère des Finances différents. Un montant global de 4,72 milliards d’Euros, soit 9,28 milliards KM, est voté dans ces budgets chaque année, mais l’argent public est rarement discuté en termes de montant total mis à la disposition de l’État.

نتائج مسح الموازنة المفتوحة لعام 2015: هل الحكومات لديها الأدوات اللازمة لإدارة الموارد العامة؟

بقلم ديلاين ماكلوف، شراكة الموازنة الدولية— Sep 09, 2015

You are viewing the Arabic translation of this post. View the English version here. تكشف الجولة الأخيرة من مسح الموازنة المفتوحة، وهي التقييم الوحيد المستقل والمقارن لشفافية الموازنة والمشاركة والإشراف الرسمي، أن الأغلبية الكاسحة من الدول التي خضعت للمسح تمتلك أنظمة غير كافية لضمان استخدام الأموال العام بشكل فعال وبكفاءة. ومن بين الدول التي عددها […]

Findings from the Open Budget Survey 2015: Are Governments Equipped to Manage Public Resources?

By Delaine McCullough, International Budget Partnership— Sep 09, 2015

The latest round of the Open Budget Survey — the world’s only independent, comparative assessment of budget transparency, participation, and formal oversight — reveals the vast majority of countries surveyed have inadequate systems for ensuring that public funds are used efficiently and effectively. Of the 102 countries assessed, 98 fall short on at least one of the three core pillars of budget accountability: transparency, participation, or oversight. A concerning 32 countries fall short on all three pillars. This lack of strong budget accountability systems pose a threat to the implementation of critical international agreements such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the international agreement expected to come from the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

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Conclusions de l’enquête sur le budget ouvert 2015 : les gouvernements sont-ils équipés pour gérer les ressources publiques ?

Par Delaine Mccullough, International Budget Partnership— Sep 09, 2015

You are viewing the French translation of this post. View the English version here. La dernière série de l’Enquête sur le budget ouvert – la seule évaluation comparative et indépendante au monde de la transparence et de la participation budgétaires et du contrôle budgétaire formel – révèle que la grande majorité des pays étudiés disposent […]