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

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.

Reinventing public finance: A closer look at New Zealand’s Well-Being Budget experiment

Delaine McCullough, Paolo de Renzio & Chye-Ching Huang*— Jun 02, 2020

New Zealand, a longstanding leader of public finance management reforms, is once again charting a path for others to follow with the introduction of its “Well-Being Budget” approach in 2019. This blog explores that approach and how other countries can learn from this opportunity.

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.

Le Diable se glisse-t-il dans les détails ? La transparence budgétaire dans les secteurs de la santé et de l’éducation

María José Eva, Jason Lakin, Sally Torbert, International Budget Partnership— May 21, 2020

“Pourquoi les organisations axées sur la santé maternelle dans les communautés rurales, ou l’accès à l’éducation pour les enfants handicapés, ou la fourniture d’eau et d’assainissement dans les bidonvilles devraient-elles se préoccuper du manque d’informations dans les documents budgétaires ? Cet article plonge dans les réponses et explore pourquoi les documents budgétaires clés sont si importants.

From Crisis to Opportunity: The 2019 Open Budget Survey

By Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, IBP— Apr 30, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, IBP released the 2019 Open Budgets Survey (OBS), the world’s only independent and comparative measure of budget transparency and accountability. The COVID-19 crisis demands quick and massive interventions from governments and other actors characterized by honesty, transparency, engagement, and public trust – the very objectives that drive the OBS.

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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.