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. However, there is hope: since 2014 one in five counties have improved their budget performance. We look at what seems to help and / or hinder their progress.

Into Open Daylight: Lessons on taxation and the state from 18th century France

Jason Lakin, Head of Research, International Budget Partnership— Dec 12, 2019

Taxes, which we too often dismiss as technical and dull, were central to the “improvisation of a nation.” To tax is to define the ambit of the state—its roles, its responsibilities, and the reach and limits of its authority vis-à-vis the citizenry.  

No Taxation Without . . . Notice and Comment

Jason Lakin, Head of Research, International Budget Partnership— Dec 09, 2019

When government agencies provide public reasons, they are legitimating public debate about those choices and signaling a willingness to accept criticism and revisions. This is the essence of democracy.

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.