By Jul 26, 2017
This analysis looks at information made available about budget performance during the first three quarters of Kenya’s 2016/17 financial year. At the national level, the authors look at quarterly economic and budgetary reviews and the Office of the Controller of Budget’s first quarter Budget Implementation Review Report. At the county level, the analysis focuses on Baringo and Kirinyaga counties – the only two counties to publish budget implementation reports online.
By Jul 20, 2017
In this account and reflection, former Social Justice Coalition Deputy General Secretary Dustin Kramer discusses the use of budget work within a mass-based campaign for decent sanitation in informal settlements in South Africa, how the campaign unfolded, and the lessons learned.
By Jul 07, 2017
In South Africa, informal settlement upgrading is becoming an increasingly pressing policy priority. The most recent census data indicates that about 63 percent of the population already lives in urban centers – a number estimated to increase to 70 percent by 2030. This brief describes how four South African metropolitan municipalities — Buffalo City, the City of Cape Town, the City of Ekurhuleni, and the City of Johannesburg — finance the upgrading of informal settlements.
By May 19, 2017
In September 2015 countries from around the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda is a set of 17 aspirational “Global Goals” that cover such critical sectors as education, health, and sanitation and seek to address shared global challenges like climate change, gender inequality, and poverty. Because few, if any, of the goals are achievable without public financing, budget transparency, participation, and accountability are essential. This Budget Brief explores good practices and lessons learned from monitoring of government budgets and expenditure on the Millennium Development Goals that can assist with monitoring, reporting, and accountability in respect of the SDGs. It features summaries of case studies from eleven countries.
By May 15, 2017
2015/16 was the third full year of county budget implementation since devolution began in Kenya. As counties finalize their 2017/18 budgets, this analysis reflects on how counties have been spending their money and whether there are ways of improving county budget formulation and implementation in Kenya going forward.
By Apr 28, 2017
The International Budget Partnership’s 2016 Annual Report documents our work over the past year, focusing on what we have achieved and what we have learned. In the fight for greater budget transparency, participation, and accountability, our inspiration comes from our civil society partners working at the coalface of open budgeting in over 115 countries around the world. This report focuses on IBP’s work, but it is our partners’ stories of impact referenced throughout the report that more vividly tell the story of why we do this work.
By Apr 28, 2017
The most recent statistics from South Africa’s 2011 Census show that 20.5 percent of the City of Cape Town’s households live in informal housing. Efforts to upgrade informal settlements is the constitutional responsibility of local government. The analysis presented in this brief seeks to identify how much the City of Cape Town has allocated directly to informal settlement upgrading in its 2017/18 draft budget.
By Apr 18, 2017
How does fiscal accountability advance in an era of closing government? This collection of learning and reflection essays from the International Budget Partnership’s 2016 Annual Report illustrate the multidimensional nature of budget work and democratic engagement. Read more.
By Apr 13, 2017
Every quarter, the government of Kenya must produce a budget implementation report that details actual spending against the budget approved by parliament. This responsibility is also given to the Office of the Controller of Budget, an independent agency whose main role is to monitor budget implementation and ensure that funds are released against the budget. This paper looks at 2015/16 budget implementation reports from both agencies and presents key findings about government spending in Kenya.
By Apr 10, 2017
Published in partnership with UNICEF, this report examines budget transparency and accountability in 31 African countries. Drawing on data from the Open Budget Survey 2015, the report identifies shortcomings across all three pillars of open and accountable budget systems: budget transparency, public participation, and oversight by formal government institutions. The report provides a set of recommendations for how African governments can improve transparency and accountability and ensure that public resources are used in the best interests of the growing population of children in the continent.