by Jason Lakin and Samuel Atiku— Mar 28, 2019
Many governments around the world struggle to implement their budgets, including Nigeria: the country’s federal budget was underspent every year between 2009 and 2016, with the share of underspending as high as 27 percent in 2016. Many people would be inclined to agree that volatile oil resources are at the heart of Nigeria’s broader political and economic challenges – and specifically, its failure to spend its budget. But is this right?
By Adi Kumar and Ryan Fester, Development Action Group— Mar 27, 2019
In South Africa’s metropolitan municipalities, civil society has limited influence over local government decision making, and most tactics to hold local governments accountable are failing. Can the emergence of cross-class and cross-race coalitions frame new forms of citizen participation and improve fiscal accountability?
By Paolo de Renzio and Alexandre Ciconello, International Budget Partnership — Mar 21, 2019
The International Budget Partnership has been working with a group of nine Latin American civil society organizations to promote research, advocacy, and learning around tax expenditures in the Latin American region. Recently, each group conducted research to examine how governments were using tax expenditures in their countries and to assess the impact of tax expenditures on inequality. Read more about how these groups are using their research findings to promote advocacy campaigns.
by Benjamin Cokelet, Founding Co-Executive Director, PODER— Mar 20, 2019
The power of transnational corporations and global economic and monetary institutions to influence national budgetary and financial decisions is overwhelming. Is it time for advocates to focus fiscal transparency and accountability efforts on the power of global capital?
By Christine Wong, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Melbourne— Mar 13, 2019
The results-based, pragmatic approach to politics associated with “Chinese-style democracy” may look attractive to countries seeking to kickstart development, but the authoritarian aspect of the model, along with its economic foundations, may be unsustainable.
Jason Lakin, International Budget Partnership— Mar 07, 2019
When the International Budget Partnership put out an open call for 25 civil society organizations to research budget credibility issues in their countries last year, we thought we would struggle to reach that number. But more than 70 groups applied, and their research was just one component of our larger Assessing Budget Credibility project, which looks at the degree to which governments raise and spend public money in accordance with approved budgets, and the causes and consequences of any deviations.
by Didier Jacobs, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam America— Mar 06, 2019
Governments are engaged in a race to the bottom on corporate taxation. Tax rates are falling and tax incentives are multiplying. This is bad news when it comes to financing development. Citizens must demand transparency and accountability regarding tax incentives, and regional and global cooperation to set a floor under corporate tax rates.
By Wilson Prichard— Feb 27, 2019
Despite evidence of high and frequently rising inequality across much of the developing world, strengthening the equity of tax systems has usually been low on the agenda. However, there is a persuasive argument that civil society actors should place a significant advocacy focus on improving the overall equity of tax systems for technical, political, and strategic reasons.
by Nathan Coplin and Jaime Atienza, Oxfam— Feb 20, 2019
Improving domestic revenue mobilization can help low-income countries meet development challenges, but if rising debt costs are not addressed, these revenues will not give governments the fiscal space they need to invest in citizens and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
by Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, International Budget Partnership— Feb 13, 2019
The increase in low- and middle-income countries’ borrowing from the private sector and China has negative implications for the fiscal transparency of emerging market governments in the near term. How can fiscal transparency and accountability advocates respond?