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.

Budget analysis and advocacy is a vital step in defunding police and instituting needed reforms of justice systems world-wide

by David Robins, IBP— Aug 20, 2020

The murder of George Floyd by police officers in the United States sparked waves of Black Lives Matter protests across the country and around the world. Rising out of the movement came a call, one with a specific budget emphasis: Defund the Police. In order to understand what this means and how we can reform policing and institute change, budget analysis and advocacy is a necessary step.

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.

Police reforms require budget reforms

Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, IBP— Jun 23, 2020

Protesters around the world want reforms in how communities are policed and how much is spent on policing. To be successful, companion budget reforms are needed.

Using data for social good: transparency of public finances is vital

by Claire Schouten, Senior Program Officer, International Budget Partnership— Jun 16, 2020

As emergency funds to address COVID-19 flow into countries across the globe, it is more critical than ever that civic organizations and communities can access information and opportunities to ensure public policies and programs serve those most in need.

Campaign of Adivasis and Dalits for Rights on Education

Lessons learned: engaging the public in budget discussions despite social distancing

By Abraham Rugo, Country Manager, IBP-Kenya— Jun 04, 2020

On March 13, 2020 Kenya recorded its first COVID-19 infection. Two days later, the government restricted movement and meetings in a bid to contain the disease. In this post, IBP-Kenya staff details its response, alongside partners, to engage virtually with budget and service-delivery processes.

No disabled person will be left behind in Senegal

Pam Bailey, International Budget Partnership— Jun 04, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is acting like a magnifying glass—exposing in sharp relief the inequalities that often fester in relative obscurity during other times. This post explores the work of the Federation of Associations of Persons with Disabilities in Senegal to ensure that people with disabilities get access to the social services they need.

Civil society organizations around the world advocate for transparent and just responses to COVID-19

by Jason Lakin & Guillermo Herrera*, International Budget Partnership— Jun 04, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the plans of governments, businesses and households around the world. The same is true for civil society organizations, including our global network of groups committed to budget-related advocacy. In this post, we highlight our partners around the world and their nimble responses to the crisis.

The COVID-19 Accountability Emergency

By Ian Gary, Director, Power & Money, Oxfam America— May 29, 2020

In this guest post, Oxfam America’s Ian Gary says governments must open up their budgets to public scrutiny when billions of dollars are flowing to end the crisis.