Government budgets responding to crisis: what we can learn from the Ebola emergency

by Sally Torbert, Chloe Cho & Guillermo Herrera, International Budget Partnership— Nov 05, 2020

This blog reviews lessons from two of the most impacted countries by the 2014 and 2015 Ebola crisis to help understand how government budgets change in response to a crisis and how these changes can impact budget credibility, particularly in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

Governments that budget transparently are more likely to spend as they promise

by Chloe Cho & Guillermo Herrera, International Budget Partnership— Jun 22, 2020

As part of their COVID-19 response, governments everywhere are reprioritizing resources and implementing new fiscal measures. Throughout this process, we expect them to inform the public by reporting on and justifying changes made to the budget. But do we have reason to be concerned that this may not happen? Probably.

Sub-national budget credibility: Kenya’s experience

Jason Lakin, Senior Research Fellow, IBP & John Kinuthia, Lead Research Analyst, IBP-Kenya— Jan 27, 2020

Decentralization of budget authority in Kenya has not – yet – led to widespread improvement in budget execution. Since 2014, though, some counties have improved their budget performance. We look at what seems to help and / or hinder their progress.

Just What the Doctor Ordered? A Dose of “Fiscal Realism” in Nigeria

Austin Ndiokwelu and Jason Lakin, International Budget Partnership— Nov 13, 2019

A joint forum with the Nigerian Budget Office of the Federation (BOF) in late October spurred a candid conversation on the challenges of realistic–or credible–budgeting. Here’s what we learned.

SDG Action Begins with Credible Budgets

Adrienne Carter and Guillermo Herrera — Oct 10, 2019

Public budgets are the most powerful tool governments have to direct their resources to meet the needs of their people, are critical to achieving the SDGs. Unfortunately, governments often fail to fully implement their budgets according to plan. IBP and UNICEF co-hosted two panel events in New York during the UN General Assembly to discuss the importance of budget credibility to achieving the SDGs.