Open budgets are a good investment, for business and society

by Robin Hodess, Director of Governance & Transparency, The B Team— Aug 12, 2020

Fiscal transparency is critical as business and government look to rebuild economies across the globe. The case made for ‘open’ government budget systems often emphasizes the benefits to citizens and society, but open budgets are good for business, too.

Our money, our responsibility: how civil society can follow the COVID-19 money trail

by Vivek Ramkumar, IBP— Jul 31, 2020

In the past few months, governments have announced billions of dollars in emergency spending to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and civil society groups have been encouraged to “follow the money.” This blog explores how groups can follow the COVID-19 money trail.

Making trillion-dollar stimulus and safety nets work for all: essential steps we can take now

by Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership— Jul 24, 2020

Ensuring that the huge sums of money headed for stimulus and safety net packages achieve their tremendous promise and the imperative of saving lives and livelihoods calls for mutually reinforcing actions by government, civil society, business associations, accountability institutions and international donors.

Overpromising and underperforming budgets during COVID-19: possible solutions

by Vivek Ramkumar, IBP— Jul 23, 2020

This blog explores national government budget data in 94 countries from detailed reports issued by the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) program to better understand the large discrepancies between what a government budgets for and what it actually spends.

As our countries confront the pandemic, governments must review and eliminate tax privileges

by Alex Ciconello & Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership— Jul 14, 2020

Today, in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, IBP is launching a joint statement asking all Governments and Parliaments across Latin America to make all existing tax expenditures transparent, to review and eliminate those that provide unjustified and inequitable tax privileges and to redistribute the tax burden onto the wealthiest sectors of the population and those who can afford to pay more.

Twelve years of transparency: How EITI implementing countries are progressing in the Open Budget Survey

by Warren Krafchik, executive director, IBP & Mark Robinson, executive director, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative— Jul 13, 2020

Resource-dependent countries face many obstacles in adhering to principles of good extractives governance, including corruption and mismanagement. Enhanced fiscal transparency is vital for addressing these challenges. It is a goal shared by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the International Budget Partnership (IBP).

Building coalitions to promote equitable taxation beyond the COVID era

by Paolo de Renzio, Jason Lakin & Vanessa van den Boogaard*— Jul 07, 2020

How can civil society help to shift popular perceptions of taxation and move the political needle on reforms? To get to tax systems that are more equitable, it’s time to build broad coalitions in support of progressive tax reforms.