By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.