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.
by Malado Kaba, economist & former minister of economy & finance, Guinea— Jun 10, 2020
In our latest blog post, Malado Kaba, economist and former Minister of Economy and Finance in Guinea, explores three areas the government can act on to improve budget transparency and accountability during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Lakin, International Budget Partnership— Dec 04, 2019
Scores of countries introduce new information that holds the promise of shifting the budget conversation toward outputs and outcomes, better linking money to services – and most of it is incomprehensible, inconsistent, or totally useless.
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.