Open Budget Survey: April 2016 Document Availability Update
Are national governments releasing the requisite budget information that citizens, civil society, the media, and others need to monitor how they are managing public finances?
We have released an update to the Open Budget Survey 2015. It includes fresh data on whether national governments in the 102 countries included in the Open Budget Survey 2015 publish each of the eight key budget documents on time as per international standards. The data for this update reflects developments that occurred up to 30 April 2016, and was collected by independent civil society researchers in each country.
The Open Budget Survey 2017 will assess budget documents available through to 31 December 2016. IBP and its partners encourage governments to use the findings from this interim update to guide budget transparency reforms in the final quarter of 2016 and we welcome the opportunity to discuss the results.
For more information on the methodology for assessing the publication status of the eight key budget documents, please see the Questionnaire and Guidelines for the April 2016 Update. To learn more about the next round of the full Open Budget Survey, please see the Open Budget Survey 2017 Update.
April 2016 Document Availability Update
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= Available to the Public
= Published Late, or in Soft or Hard Copy Only
= Available for Internal Use
= Not Produced
Pre-Budget Statement: discloses the broad parameters of a countrys fiscal policies in advance of the Executives Budget Proposal. It outlines the governments economic forecast, as well as anticipated revenue, expenditures, and debt.
|Executive's Budget Proposal|
Executives Budget Proposal: the document or documents that the executive submits to the legislature for approval. It details the sources of revenue, the allocations to be made to all ministries, proposed policy changes, as well as other information important for understanding a countrys fiscal situation.
Enacted Budget: the budget that has been approved by the legislature.
|Citizens Budget |
Citizens Budget: a simpler and less technical version of the governments budget, specifically designed to convey key information to the public. Citizens versions of other documents are also desirable.
In-Year Reports: include information on actual revenues collected, actual expenditures made, and debt incurred at different intervals in the fiscal year. These reports may be issued on a quarterly or monthly basis.
Mid-Year Review: contains a comprehensive update on the implementation of the budget as of the middle of the fiscal year, including a review of economic assumptions underlying the budget, and an updated forecast of the budget outcome for the fiscal year.
Year-End Report: shows the situation of the governments accounts at the end of the fiscal year and ideally includes an evaluation of the progress made toward achieving the budgets policy goals.
Audit Report: issued by the countrys supreme audit institution and examines the soundness and completeness of the governments year-end accounts.
|Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Papua New Guinea|
|São Tomé e Príncipe|
|Trinidad and Tobago|