By Jason Lakin and Chloe Cho, International Budget Partnership— Jul 12, 2019
How optimistic should we be about government commitments to invest the funds necessary to realize the Sustainable Development Goals? According to recent data, we should be worried. Government underspending of budgets is a global challenge that may impede the realization of the SDGs.
By Joy Aceron, Government Watch Philippines— Jul 09, 2019
Bottom-up budgeting (BuB) can increase civil society participation in government. However, as this analysis of the Philippine experience shows, BuB does not automatically lead to increased government responsiveness. In this case, it provided civil society with a “voice” but without “teeth.”
By Wilson Prichard, ICTD; Nora Lustig, CEQ; Sanjeev Gupta, CGD; Warren Krafchik, IBP; Ian Gary, Oxfam; and Brahima Coulibaly, Brookings— Jul 01, 2019
Stakeholders are gathering this week in Berlin to chart the future of the Addis Tax Initiative, whose overarching goal is to increase tax revenues to help finance the Sustainable Development Goals. This blog written by experts from civil society highlights the need to focus on equity and outlines priority areas for reform so as not to undermine the SDGs.
By Patrick Heller, Advisor, Natural Resource Governance Institute and David Manley, Senior Economic Analyst, Natural Resource Governance Institute— May 22, 2019
Whether national oil companies (NOCs) are planning on investing national wealth in the oil sector, or experimenting with renewable energy projects, stronger rules and oversight on how these companies spend public money is essential.
By Nathalie Beghin, Head of Policy, Inesc and Carmela Zigoni, Policy Advisor, Inesc— May 15, 2019
Democratic backsliding and rising poverty and inequality in Brazil have put gains made in fiscal transparency and accountability under severe threat. To bring Brazil back to its path towards more justice and equitable development, civil society must work together to rebuild the idea of democracy that has been eroded in recent times.
By Gavin Hayman, Executive Director, Open Contracting Partnership— May 08, 2019
Information rights in the digital age, designing a data architecture that facilitates transparency, and digitizing government data to build user-centered services present both opportunities and challenges to the future of fiscal accountability.
By Esfandyar Batmanghelidj— May 01, 2019
The present circumstances in Iran make it a cautionary tale for domestic and international stakeholders seeking to improve financial regulations, fiscal governance, and government accountability in developing economies.
By Petra Blum— Apr 24, 2019
Topics such as fiscal policy, accountability, and fiscal justice do not usually generate sweeping media coverage. Why? Because these topics are complicated, not easy to break down, and hard to visualize. Yet recent exposés such as the Panama Papers show that the media can still make powerful contributions to the greater fiscal transparency cause.
By Shaazka Beyerle and Davin O’Regan, United States Institute of Peace— Apr 17, 2019
Social movements deploying various nonviolent tactics have consistently demonstrated the ability to achieve genuine – sometimes transformative – shifts in policy and government performance. The underlying dynamic involves grassroots organizing to amplify citizen voices and wield power. But can such bottom-up citizen initiatives be fostered to advance fiscal governance?
by Nikhil Dey, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan— Apr 10, 2019
There has been growing skepticism about the impact of transparency initiatives on fiscal accountability issues. India provides an outstanding example of how social movements have creatively and effectively used the People’s Right to Information to enforce a form of fiscal accountability that demonstrably connects allocations, expenditure, and policy with people and their priorities. How did this transformative process get initiated, and what lessons does it have for the future, and for its use in other parts of the globe?