About IBP

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) is the leading international organization dedicated to ensuring governments are responsible stewards of public funds. We work with civil society partners in over 120 countries, and leverage our multi-stakeholder network of international institutions, donors, the private sector, and state actors, to ensure all citizens, especially in underserved communities, understand and have the right to influence how public money is raised and spent.

Why Budgets?

As the most important economic policy tool available to governments, public budgets can exclude citizens and skew public resources to the powerful, or they can play a leading role in promoting inclusion, redressing inequality and fostering policies that reduce poverty.

How We Do It

We work with a broad civil society network, multiplying our effectiveness: We collaborate with independent groups and researchers in over 100 countries on our Open Budget Survey; our learning network knits 40 civil society groups more closely together; and we have a direct presence in several key countries.

Vision & Mission

IBP believes in a world where:

  • Citizens claim the right to understand and influence how public money is raised and spent.
  • Public budget processes include space for meaningful engagement of poor and marginalized communities.
  • The public budget is an expression of societal values aimed at reducing poverty and inequality.

Key Objectives

IBP will work to promote inclusive sustainable development that promote equity and justice:

  • Active and empowered citizens influence public budget processes and policymaking that affects their lives.
  • Governments and other actors provide transparent budget information and opportunities for citizens to engage meaningfully in the budget process.
  • Government budget policies are based on fair taxation and targeted at effective service delivery and equitable distribution of public resources.

Our Initiatives

SPARK represents a bold new approach to budget advocacy, working directly with poor and marginalized communities to bolster their capacity to navigate public fiscal systems—and as a result, hold government accountable for more effective public services to those communities. In seven countries in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, we work hand-in-hand with community groups and movements and link them with budget groups and actors to address the issues that affect them. Learn more.

At the core of IBP’s vision is the growth of civic organizations that specialize in budget analysis and advocacy. We will deepen the quality of budget work among network partners through the consolidation of “cornerstone organizations” – those key partners we already work with extensively. Additionally, we will strengthen our learning network and associated partners as a whole.

Many developing countries face pressure to raise additional domestic revenues to fund development, but civil society rarely has a place at the table when tax policy is discussed. We support civil society capacity for tax policy analysis and advocacy for in-country tax work to meet critical development goals and counter the influence of those more concerned with tax subsidies and lower tax rates. Learn more.

While continuing to produce the Open Budget Survey (OBS) – the world’s only independent, comparative and fact-based research instrument to measure governance and accountability – we will explore ways to adapt the survey to more actively encourage and track public participation mechanisms. Additionally, we will learn how to increase the potency of the survey as a tool for civil society to promote transparent and accountable governance. Learn more.

Want to learn more about IBP’s strategy? Read the full document,
Putting the Public Back in Public Finance.