Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker
December 2016 Update
To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.
|Open Budget Survey 2015||December 2016 Update|
|Pre-Budget Statement||Produced for Internal Use Only||Produced for Internal Use Only|
|Executive's Budget Proposal||Available to the Public||Produced for Internal Use Only|
|Enacted Budget||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Citizens Budget||Not Produced||Not Produced|
|In-Year Reports||Available to the Public||Published Late|
|Mid-Year Review||Not Produced||Not Produced|
|Year-End Report||Not Produced||Available to the Public|
|Audit Report||Not Produced||Produced for Internal Use Only|
As of 31 December 2016, the government of Algeria makes two of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. This reflects a net decrease over the findings of the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014. Since that assessment, Algeria has produced the Executive’s Budget Proposal for internal use only and failed to publish In-Year Reports in a timely manner, but published the Year-End Report.
To improve budget transparency, Algeria should publish an Executive’s Budget Proposal and an Audit Report and publish In-Year Reports in a timely manner. For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.
- Country Summary - Arabic Country Summary - English Country Summary - French Questionnaire
Transparency (Open Budget Index) 19/100
The Government of Algeria provides the public with scant budget information.
Public Participation 0/100
The Government of Algeria provides the public with no opportunities to engage in the budget process.
By legislature 36/100
Budget oversight by the legislature in Algeria is weak.
By auditor 34/100
Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Algeria is weak.
Algeria should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:
- Publish a Pre-Budget Statement.
- Produce and publish a Citizens Budget, Mid-Year Review, a Year-End Report, and an Audit Report.
- Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting more information on the classification of expenditures for the budget year and information on the classification of expenditures for future years.
Algeria should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:
- Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
- Hold legislative hearings on the budgets of specific ministries, departments, and agencies at which testimony from the public is heard.
- Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program and participate in audit investigations.
Algeria should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:
- Establish a specialized budget research office for the legislature.
- Ensure the executive receives prior approval by the legislature before implementing a supplemental budget.
- Require legislative or judicial approval to remove the head of the supreme audit institution.
Algeria’s score on the Open Budget Index shows that the government provides the public with scant information on the central government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This makes it very difficult for citizens to hold government accountable for its management of the public’s money.