The Road to 61: Achieving Sufficient Levels of Budget Transparency

By Babacar Sarr and Joel Friedman, International Budget Partnership, Jul 15, 2016

Using data from the last four rounds of the Open Budget Survey, this paper closely examines the countries whose scores place them in the middle of the Open Budget Index and seeks to answer what these countries can do to increase their scores above 60 — a rough benchmark for when a country can be considered to be publishing sufficient budget information to permit informed public discussions on budgetary matters.

Achieving Sufficient Levels of Budget Transparency

Kenya: Analysis of the 2016/17 National Budget Estimates

By John Kinuthia and Jason Lakin, Ph.D., Jun 07, 2016

Kenya’s 2016/17 national budget was tabled in the National Assembly just before the end of April 2016. This analysis asks key questions about the budget that we believe should be of interest to both Parliament and the public.

Kenya Budget Analysis

Argentina: Enforcing a Legal Victory for Universal Access to Education

By Fernando Basch, Jun 03, 2016

This case study recounts the Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ) campaign in Argentina to push the City of Buenos Aires to comply with its legal obligation to provide free public education to children between the ages of 45 days and five years. Responding to a breakdown in the formal mechanisms for monitoring government compliance, the ACIJ lobbied both the executive and the legislature, took further legal action, and mobilized public support through the media and other advocacy efforts. While the campaign is ongoing, ACIJ has already managed to secure more places for students, better spending on infrastructure, and a new system of online enrollment.


Kenya: How to Read and Use the Budget Estimates

By Jason Lakin, Ph.D. , May 27, 2016

This guide is part of IBP Kenya’s series on how to read and use key budget documents in Kenya at national and county level. This edition looks at the Budget Estimates, which are tabled in the National Assembly and the County Assemblies on the 30th of April each year. Each guide in this series uses a specific document as an example. In this case, we use Kenya’s 2016/17 national Budget Estimates. Nevertheless, the key questions in this tool should also be helpful for reading any county budget.

IBP Kenya Guide: How to Read and Use Budget Estimates

You Cannot Go it Alone: Learning from Cooperative Relationships in Civil Society Budget Campaigns

By Jillian Larson, International Budget Partnership, May 18, 2016

The International Budget Partnership has spent almost a decade researching how and why civil society campaigns on budget-related issues succeed or fail. Based on the findings of nearly 30 case studies spanning five continents, this paper synthesizes what we have learnt so far. It focuses particularly on the relationships between civil society organizations and both government and non-government stakeholders, establishing a typology of these relationships, and examining how and why they contribute to the successful budget campaigns. The main finding is that, when it comes to budget campaigns, CSOs cannot go it alone.


International Budget Partnership 2015 Annual Report

By International Budget Partnership, May 17, 2016

The International Budget Partnership’s 2015 Annual Report documents our work over the past year, focusing on what we have achieved and what we have learned. Highlights include a section describing our ongoing work and impact in six countries, an overview of our 2015 research and international advocacy, six essays that discuss key lessons that have come out of reflecting on our work, and six short stories and vignettes that capture the power of budget work.

International Budget Partnership 2015 Annual Report

Creating Incentives for Budget Accountability and Good Financial Governance Through an Ecosystem Approach: What Can External Actors Do?

By Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership with support of the Sector Program on Good Financial Governance, May 05, 2016

This paper brings together the findings from a joint research project aimed at gaining a better understanding of the role of different accountability actors play in promoting budget transparency and accountability. It explores how different accountability actors collaborate, and the ongoing and potential roles of external actors (such as development partners, implementing agencies and non-government organizations) in providing support to reforms. The research builds on both organizations’ current work in this area, and is based on country studies that were carried out in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, and South Africa.


Connecting the Dots for Accountability: Civil Society Policy Monitoring and Advocacy Strategies

By The Transparency and Accountability Initiative, Mar 01, 2016

This report serves as a resource to those who want to address the challenge of isolated and fragmented transparency and accountability interventions that often do not strategically engage with the ecosystem of accountability actors, mechanisms and levels of governance to address the structural causes of corruption, impunity and poor service delivery, but rather more superficial symptoms.


Kenya: How to Read and Use a Budget Policy Statement and a County Fiscal Strategy Paper

By Jason Lakin, Ph.D. , Feb 29, 2016

Part of a series on how to read and use Kenya’s key national and county budget documents, this guide examines the Budget Policy Statement (BPS), a document which must be produced by the national government every year, using Kenya’s 2016 National BPS as an example. At the county level, the equivalent document is called the County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP). The principles outlined in this guide can also be applied to reading a CFSP.

how to read and use kenya budget policy statement

Deliberating Budgets: How Public Deliberation Can Move Us Beyond the Public Participation Rhetoric

By Jason Lakin, Ph.D. and Mokeira Nyagaka, Feb 28, 2016

Over the past several years, Kenyans have engaged in a vibrant debate about the meaning of public participation in government decision-making, particularly with respect to the budget process. This debate has taken place amidst widespread disappointment with the quality of public participation as it is currently practiced at both national and county levels. In this paper, the authors argue that the concept of public participation needs to be refined and propose that the concept of public deliberation is more useful and, ultimately, offers more specific guidance for thinking about how the public engages with budgets.

public budget participation in Kenya vs. Deliberation