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.

1, 2, 3 . . . Averting Climate Catastrophe

Nov 05, 2019

Climate change, biodiversity loss, and degradation of natural systems threaten the economic and social systems that form the core of society. Failing to halt these crises will affect everyone, but especially the poor and marginalized, particularly women. As stewards of a country’s natural resources, governments play a key role, yet few are seriously held accountable. […]

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.

Transparency and corruption are not always what they appear to be

By Albert van Zyl and Dustin Kramer— Aug 12, 2019

When communities can identify which specific officials are responsible for services in their area and what exactly they are supposed to be delivering – the effect is electric. It gives the issue a name, a face, and a set of responsibilities.

How Participatory Reforms Can Enable Voice But Fall Short of Transformation

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.”

Tax to finance the SDGs, but not to undermine them

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.