by Jason Lakin, Ph.D.,International Budget Partnership— Mar 15, 2018
The most significant finding of the Open Budget Survey 2017 is that after a decade of steady progress, global average government budget transparency has actually dropped. Stalling progress toward greater budget transparency—fueled by outright declines in some countries—is consistent with a broader set of indicators that in recent years point to democratic recession, declining civic space, and faltering commitment to the rule of law around the world. For this reason, the survey’s 2017 findings have faced widespread acceptance in our discussions globally. They are of a piece with the zeitgeist.
by Daniel Hiller, Jason Lakin, Ph.D., and Joel FriedmanInternational Budget Partnership— Mar 08, 2018
The Open Budget Survey 2017 records the first halt in progress on global budget transparency since the survey was launched in 2006. Unlike the small but steady increases seen in past rounds, the global average score on the Open Budget Index — the part of the survey that measures budget transparency — actually decreased from 45 to 43 between 2015 and 2017 among the 102 countries included in both rounds. The modest decline in the global average score is primarily attributed to changes in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the regional average score fell by 11 points, representing a significant reversal for a region that had been a major driver of the increase in the global average scores in 2015.
by María José Eva Parada, International Budget Partnership— Feb 14, 2018
Few countries have steadily sustained strong increases to budget transparency as the Dominican Republic. The country’s score on the Open Budget Index has risen 37 points since 2012, thereby making it one of the top five scores in the Latin American region in 2017, after Mexico, Brazil, and Peru. The Dominican Republic’s 2017 score of 66 out of a possible 100 on budget transparency is substantially higher than the global average score of 42. But while these gains are impressive, more work is necessary to ensure they translate into meaningful public participation.
by International Budget Partnership— Feb 12, 2018
On 6 February 2018, the International Budget Partnership and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) co-hosted an event in London, U.K. to address the decline in global budget transparency. Government officials, policymakers, and civil society representatives discussed the findings from the Open Budget Survey 2017 and Harriet Baldwin, joint minister of state for DFID and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, launched DFID’s new transparency agenda, “Open Aid, Open Societies: A Vision for a Transparent World.” Watch a recording of the event, and read more about the release of the Open Budget Survey 2017.
by Rebecca Warner, International Budget Partnership— Feb 02, 2018
On 31 January 2018, IBP cohosted a global release event with the World Bank and Oxfam in Washington, D.C., to discuss key findings of the Open Budget Survey 2017, and how governments, civil society, and other stakeholders can use the information offered in the report to improve budget transparency practices in their countries.
by Jean Dupraz, Social Policy Regional Adviser, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office— Jan 29, 2018
Since 2016, UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office has partnered with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) to promote open budget practices among governments in the region. Following the release of the Open Budget Survey 2017 on 30 January, UNICEF will disseminate results at national and regional events, and, importantly, will engage with governments and civil society.
by Anjali Garg, International Budget Partnership— Jan 25, 2018
Large-scale protests against the national budget — first in Haiti in September 2017 and then in Iran in January 2018 — are a stark reminder that the decisions on how public funds are raised and spent, reflected in national budgets, have a direct bearing on the lives of ordinary people.
by International Budget Partnership— Jan 18, 2018
French-speaking observers have occasionally questioned whether there is a potential bias in the methodology employed in the Open Budget Survey that has negative impacts on francophone countries. A recent study commissioned by the International Budget Partnership examines this issue.
Jean Ross, Independent Consultant— Jan 11, 2018
The need for timely, accessible information on tax expenditures is critical as countries around the world seek to strengthen domestic tax systems to meet the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals and the need for domestic resources. The Open Budget Survey 2017 will provide an important indication of how governments are responding to this challenge and whether budget experts within governments and civil society will have the information they need to be informed participants in critical policy debates.
Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, International Budget Partnership— Jan 04, 2018
On 30 January 2018 the International Budget Partnership will release the Open Budget Survey 2017 – the latest round of the world’s only independent and comparable assessment of budget transparency, citizen participation, and independent oversight institutions in the budgeting process.