Case Studies

Evidence of Civil Society Impact on Budget Practices and Policies

The International Budget Partnership’s case study research into the impacts of civil society budget analysis and advocacy on government budget policies and practices seeks to:

  • collect and analyze evidence of  civil society organization (CSO) impact on government budget processes and policies;
  • deepen understanding of how and under which circumstances such impact occurs; and
  • assist CSOs that want to replicate such work in their countries.

Our case studies place the highest value on rigor and impartiality. When producing them, we work with external, country-based researchers who study the links between CSO advocacy activities and influence on government decisions and practices with regard to budget process or policy. We organize the body of evidence emerging from these case studies by looking at the internal and external variables that play a role in five generic impact pathways that CSOs can use in their campaigns:

  • use litigation as an effective means to enforce greater accountability;
  • deepen their impact and, therefore, improve government accountability by using the media to disseminate their findings and recommendations more widely;
  • improve government accountability and influence policy priorities by presenting evidence to members of the executive branch of government;
  • improve government accountability and influence policy priorities by improving the capacity of the legislative branch of government; or
  • improve government accountability and influence policy priorities by mobilizing citizens and other CSOs for campaigns seeking reforms.

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