How Do Kenyans Prioritize at the Sector Level? Comparing Public and Government Preferences

By Jason Lakin, Ph. D, Nov 18, 2016

To determine budget allocations for sectors such as health, education, and infrastructure, the Kenyan government is meant to consider the views of the general public. In reality, however, there has been relatively little discussion with the public about sector priorities. To get better a sense of public opinion, IBP Kenya sponsored a national survey asking citizens what they thought the sector distribution of the national budget should be, and what they believed the actual allocation to be. Four key points emerged from comparing the government’s current sector priorities with the public’s.

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Ukraine: Combating Corruption Disguised as Charity

By Iryna Postolovska, Harvard School of Public Health, Oct 31, 2016

This case study describes how health advocates in the Ukrainian city of Poltava created the Institute of Analysis and Advocacy (IAA) to take on entrenched corruption in the provision of local healthcare. IAA’s campaign targeted different levels of government and links in the service delivery chain, from individual hospitals to the national legislature. Reformers undertook a variety of complementary tactics to uncover and document corruption, lobby for change, and address the root causes of corruption in the healthcare system.

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Ukraine: Light of Hope’s Work Improving Social Services For Marginalized Groups

By Sergii Slukhai, Professor of Economics at Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Ukraine, Oct 31, 2016

This case study documents how Light of Hope, one of Ukraine’s largest and most successful non-state service delivery organizations, established the Poltava Social Adaptation Center, a facility that delivers a complex array of services to ex-prisoners, drug users, people who are HIV-positive, and the homeless. Light of Hope garnered an unprecedented level of support from the city government for the center, including funding from the city budget. In the process, the organization also challenged the stigma surrounding marginalized groups.

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Children and South Africa’s Budget

By International Budget Partnership and UNICEF, Oct 26, 2016

These short and reader-friendly advocacy tools are based on sound and rigorous analysis of South Africa’s government budget in sectors relevant to children. They aim to expand the debate around social sector budgets and help shape a more child-centred, transparent, participatory, and equitable pattern of public spending in South Africa.

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Honduras: The Fragility of Gains in Budget Transparency

By Hugo Noe Pino and Brendan Halloran, Oct 25, 2016

Honduras once stood out as example of how rapidly improvements in budget transparency could be made. In 2012 IBP praised the country for the exceptional gains it made on the Open Budget Index (OBI), when its score jumped from 11 in 2008 to 53 in 2012. Yet just a year later, amidst a period of troubled politics, the county suffered a series of setbacks that led to a tightening of the executive’s grip on the budgetary process and to freedom of information being restricted. This was reflected in its OBI score in 2015, which fell to 42. This case study examines the background to the rise and fall of budget transparency in Honduras.

Honduras: The Fragility of Gains in Budget Transparency

Taking an Ecosystems Approach: Support for Advocacy Training Initiatives’ (SATHI) Public Health Work in India

By Brendan Halloran, International Budget Partnership, Oct 07, 2016

The state of Maharashta is one of India’s most powerful economic engines. Yet despite India’s commitment to the principle of universal access, the state government spends less than 4 percent of its budget on health. Support for Advocacy and Training to Health Initiatives (SATHI) has been working to improve healthcare in Maharashta for almost 20 years. This case study documents the strategies and achievements of SATHI and its coalition partners, the impacts of CSO interventions on public health delivery and accountability, and challenges that have emerged.

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Taking an Ecosystems Approach: Samarthan’s Work on Rural Poverty in India

By Brendan Halloran, International Budget Partnership, Oct 07, 2016

Despite years of strong economic growth in India, rural poverty still affects tens of millions of households. In 2005, the government created the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to address rural poverty. The scheme, which commits the government to providing adult members of rural households with 100 days of paid work, should provide a revolutionary safety net for rural households. Yet corruption, insufficient administrative capacity, a lack of awareness among many rural inhabitants, and manipulation by influential political and economic actors have undermined it. Samarthan, an organization dedicated to pursuing more inclusive development in the state of Madhya Pradesh, has worked to realize the scheme’s potentially transformative promise. This case study summarizes their approach.

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Open Budget Survey 2017 Guide and Questionnaire – English

By International Budget Partnership, Aug 31, 2016

The Open Budget Survey 2017 questionnaire and guidelines are currently being used by the researchers to complete the 2017 Open Budget Survey, the results of which will be released in late 2017.