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.
By Apr 05, 2017
In February 2016, Planact, with the support of the International Budget Partnership, Social Justice Coalition, and Ndifuna Ukwazi, partnered with the Spring Valley community on a social audit of water service delivery in the informal settlement, aimed at holding the Emalahleni Local Municipality accountable for water provision. This short video highlights their success.
By Apr 03, 2017
Issue specific budget analysis can be a powerful tool to support advocacy campaigns to improve the quality and quantity of service delivery to poor people living in South Africa. This guide describes a step-by-step approach to reading and analyzing local government budgets with a focus on a specific service delivery issues. It also includes information on how civil society organizations might use their analysis findings to advocate for better service delivery.
By Mar 15, 2017
This brief draws on a review of relevant policy and budget documents and interviews with experts to present information about the financing of informal settlement upgrading in metropolitan municipalities in South Africa. Understanding how this process works enables civil society and local residents to engage with all three levels of government on whether enough money has been set aside for informal settlement upgrading and whether metropolitan municipalities have used funding appropriately.
By Feb 28, 2017
In 2016, IBP Kenya began promoting a new approach to public engagement with budgets termed “deliberating budgets.” The approach is rooted in theories of deliberative democracy, which emphasizes the importance of giving and debating reasons for the choices we make. In the context of budget-making, deliberation occurs particularly around the reasons for the trade-offs — giving more to particular areas and less to others. What does deliberation about the budget actually look like? One answer emerges from Nairobi County, Kenya.
By Feb 22, 2017
The “pork barrel system” of lump sum grants to members of the Philippines Congress to fund a list of community-based or small-scale infrastructure projects was revived during President Corazon Aquino’s administration and operated under a series of programs, most recently through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Two unrelated investigations in 2012, one by the National Bureau of Investigations and the other by the Commission on Audit (CoA), shed light on the misuse of the PDAF by members of congress, government officials, and NGOs. This case study examines the impact of the CoA’s findings.