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.


Open Budget Survey Guidelines on the Public Availability of Budget Documents

By International Budget Partnership, Aug 26, 2016

This guide provides direction and additional resources to determine the public availability of the eight key budget documents evaluated in the Open Budget Survey. It also helps in identifying which fiscal years should be included in the Open Budget Survey 2017.

Guidelines on the public availability of budget documents

Open Budget Survey April 2016 Document Availability Update: Questionnaire and Guidelines

By International Budget Partnership, Aug 26, 2016

The Open Budget Survey assesses the public availability of budget information by considering the timely release and contents of eight key budget documents that all countries should issue at different points in the budget process. This document outlines the methodology researchers used to examine and map the public availability and dissemination of a country’s key budget documents for the Open Budget Survey April 2016 Document Availability Update.

April 2016 Open Budget Survey Document Availability Update Guidelines

Sharing Public Resources Within Counties in Kenya: How Fair Are Emerging Approaches?

By John Kinuthia and Jason Lakin, Ph.D. , Aug 11, 2016

In 2010, Kenya began an ambitious devolution process, shifting administrative, financial, and political power from the national to the county level. One of the main drivers of devolution was the glaring inequities between different parts of the country. However, inequality remains a challenge in Kenya. If devolution is to lead to greater equity, resources in county budgets must be allocated equitably. This paper explores how Elgeyo Marakwet, Meru, and Baringo counties address resource sharing challenges and highlights some of the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. It also offers a set of recommendations for addressing resource sharing within counties in an equitable fashion.

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