Promoting women’s equal participation in the economy

by Pooja Parvati, Country Manager, IBP India — Oct 21, 2020

This blog explores the Indian state government’s intent to recognize women as workers and to present policy measures to advance this shift and include them in the paid economy.

How persistence, proactiveness, partnership and social media bridged the access to information gap in Mombasa

by by: Josephine Nyamai, PFM practitioner& Budget Facilitator, Mombasa County— Sep 25, 2020

Kenya has a firm legal and regulatory framework governing access to information. The Constitution of Kenya, 2010, Article 35, further elaborated by the Access to Information Act 2016, guarantees citizens the right to access information. Section 7(3) of PFM regulations, 2015, specifically demands that budget information be publicized within seven days.[1]In addition to the national […]

Friend of the Court? The role of judiciaries in tax reform

by Jason Lakin, Senior Research Fellow, International Budget Partnership— Sep 16, 2020

This blog explores a handful, but possibly growing, number of occasions where citizens have used the courts to challenge tax policy. Traditionally, it has been difficult, if not impossible, for public interest groups to press their tax policy claims in court.

Citizens, Civil Society and Auditors: COVID-19 requires an “ecosystem” approach to accountability

by Brendan Halloran, International Budget Partnership— Sep 15, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, governments are taking the necessary steps to save lives and prevent families from falling into poverty and hardship in the short term, however, it is likely that funds meant to strengthen public health infrastructure and reach vulnerable groups will be mismanaged. This is an opportunity for public auditors to ensure that public money is well spent during and after the crisis.

Large-scale debt swaps can help fight debt, climate change and nature loss together

by Paul Steele, Chief Economist, International Institute for Environment and Development— Sep 14, 2020

This post, authored by Paul Steele of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), explores their report on a new form of debt swaps that could provide developing countries with an opportunity for a green post-COVID-19 recovery that would also help reduce poverty.