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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A Fair Share of the Budget: Principles and Practices in Public Resource Distribution in Kenya

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

This paper investigates what is actually meant by equity and fairness when it comes to sharing public resources. It reviews five principles – need, minimum shares, capacity, effort, and efficiency – that are generally considered in global discussions on fairness and looks at how these principles can be applied to distributing resources in Kenya. The paper also reviews how resources are currently shared in Kenya and then looks at how public resources are distributed in India and South Africa, drawing lessons from these examples.

Principles & Practices : Public Resource Distribution in Kenya

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