Recommended Reading on the Release of the Open Budget Survey

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.

UNICEF Keenly Anticipates the Release of the Open Budget Survey 2017

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.

IBP Clears Debate Over Francophone Bias: Previewing the Open Budget Survey 2017

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.

Shedding Light on Spending Through the Tax Code: Previewing the Open Budget Survey 2017

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.

How Can We Bridge the Gap Between Citizens and State? Previewing the Open Budget Survey 2017

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.

The Road to Budget Transparency

The Road to Budget Transparency: Four Things Governments Can Do

By Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership— Nov 28, 2017

Since the Open Budget Index (a global comparative measure of government budget transparency that is drawn from the Open Budget Survey) was introduced in 2006, many countries have improved their scores, but then seem to get stuck in the middle. Why is that? And what have governments that managed to break through the middle barrier done to guarantee that their citizens have access to adequate amounts of budget information? This post highlights four specific initiatives that successful governments took to reach higher levels of budget transparency.

The Struggle for Democratic and Accountable Budgets – What Have We Learned?

By Brendan Halloran, International Budget Partnership— Nov 13, 2017

Three new case studies, drawn from substantially different contexts, have something in common: citizens trying to engage the state in the management of public resources. This may happen through formal budget processes and procedures, in village meetings, or in the streets, but in all three cases citizens are defending a central ideal: that public money is the people’s money, and they have a right to understand and influence decisions on how it is spent.