Opening Budgets

Budgets are a government’s most powerful tool to meet the needs and priorities of a country and its people. If you want to fight poverty and improve governance, you have to focus on government decisions to raise and spend funds through the budget.

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) works to ensure that government budget systems are more transparent and accountable to the public and thereby more responsive to the needs of the poor. Through our global research and advocacy program, the Open Budget Initiative, we promote public access to budget information and the adoption of accountable budget systems. This work includes:

Open Budget Survey

The Open Budget Survey is the only objective, comparative, and regular worldwide measure of budget transparency, participation, and accountability, the Survey evaluates whether governments give the public access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process at the national level.
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Research

We carry out and commission short-term and long-term research projects that look at various aspects of budget work. This research allows us to dig deeper and examine the causes and consequences of budget transparency, participation, and accountability and identify incentives for governments to improve their budget policies and practices.
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International Advocacy

In addition to growing civil society interest in improving government budget practices, systems, and policies, many international donors are now committed to supporting governments – and increasingly CSOs – in their efforts to reform how public finances are managed. Their interest is shared by many legislators and auditors who are eager to have access to data and oversight opportunities to fulfill their constitutional mandates. Through our international advocacy work we hope to create opportunities and develop the agenda to foster a global environment that supports open and accountable budgets throughout the world. Our activities toward this include:

  • Multistakeholder initiatives: IBP has been a primary driver behind the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) and centrally involved in establishing and implementing the Open Government Partnership (OGP)
  • Influencing donor aid policies: Working with donor agencies to use their influence with the governments they give aid to promote and support greater budget openness.
  • Campaigns: IBP engages with other public finance and development stakeholders on targeted campaigns that promote open, participatory, and accountable public finance management.

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