Fight Hunger with Open Budgets

Jan 31, 2013

23 January 2013 was a big day for those concerned with global challenges like persistent hunger and how to ensure sustainable and equitable development. This was the day the International Budget Partnership (IBP) released the results of its Open Budget Survey 2012, and the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign (IF) was launched across the […]

Just Released: The Open Budget Survey 2012!

Jan 23, 2013

Governments serving half the world’s population shut citizens out of budget decisions that affect their lives The International Budget Partnership today released the Open Budget Survey 2012, the only independent, comparative, and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world. The results raise serious questions about the prospects for individual countries to overcome […]

Two Days to Release of the Open Budget Survey 2012!

Jan 21, 2013

Why Open Budgets? Why Now? “I think they just ate the funds. Do you see a school here?” This was the response from a man from Likoni, a poverty-ridden area on the outskirts of Mombasa, Kenya, when asked about what happened to over US$55,000 that the local government was supposed to have used to build […]

Eight more days to the global release of the Open Budget Survey 2012!

Jan 15, 2013

Looking back to the 2010 Survey, what do we know about budget transparency, participation, and accountability? Why does it matter? SEND-Ghana works with a network of local government and citizen organizations to monitor the implementation of the US$46 million a year Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP) that reaches over a million children. SEND’s critical review […]

Constituency Development Funds show their true colours in Karnataka

Dec 14, 2012

This post was prepared by A. Venugopala Reddy, K. Prabhakar and Patibandla Srikant of the Public Affairs Centre in Bangalore, India  The findings from the Public Affairs Centre’s recent analysis of the use of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in the state of Karnataka, India, reflect many of the distortions inherent in these schemes. The local […]

It’s the accountability system, stupid – but how to build it?

By Albert van Zyl, IBP— Oct 29, 2012

Recent case studies of civil society advocacy initiatives to improve decisions about how public money is spent, or to ensure that these decisions translate into more or better services for the poor and vulnerable reveal that the impact of such campaigns is almost always facilitated by a range of other institutions and actors. While the […]

Open Government Partnership First Anniversary Meeting

Sep 26, 2012

Today, 26 September 2012 in New York City, the Open Government Partnership convenes a ministerial-level meeting during which representatives from participating governments will launch the initiative’s new Independent Monitoring Mechanism. The OGP is a global initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies […]

Top Ten Budget Monitoring Tweeters

Sep 03, 2012

The International Budget Partnership is proud to announce the top ten ranking of tweeting budget monitoring organizations! Top Ten Budget Monitoring Tweeters: (Twitter handles after names, then previous position in brackets) Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism – @PCIJdotOrg (-) Fundar – @FundarMexico (-) Contas Abertas – @Contas_Abertas (-) Ibase – @Ibasenet (-) Poder Ciudadano – @PoderCiudadano (-) Equal Education – @Equal_Education (-) Haki Elimu – @HakiElimu (-) […]

Do theories of change teach civil society organizations what they already know?

Aug 20, 2012

The recent surge of interest in theories of change is based on an assumption that civil society advocacy in the governance sector could benefit from better planning, regular course corrections and systematic monitoring and evaluation (for example, see this post by Duncan Green about DFID and theories of change). But spending a few days with the IBP partners in India last week, fanned my growing doubts […]

How to build budget transparency, accountability and participation in fragile states?

Aug 06, 2012

According to recent research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) most of the world’s poor will be living in fragile and conflict-affected states (FRACAS, pinching Duncan Green’s acronym) by 2015. It is, therefore, becoming even more urgent to figure out the puzzle of how to build budget transparency, accountability and participation in such states. Another […]