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.

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Lessons learned: engaging the public in budget discussions despite social distancing

By Abraham Rugo, Country Manager, IBP-Kenya— Jun 04, 2020

On March 13, 2020 Kenya recorded its first COVID-19 infection. Two days later, the government restricted movement and meetings in a bid to contain the disease. In this post, IBP-Kenya staff details its response, alongside partners, to engage virtually with budget and service-delivery processes.

No disabled person will be left behind in Senegal

Pam Bailey, International Budget Partnership— Jun 04, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is acting like a magnifying glass—exposing in sharp relief the inequalities that often fester in relative obscurity during other times. This post explores the work of the Federation of Associations of Persons with Disabilities in Senegal to ensure that people with disabilities get access to the social services they need.

We Feed the Nation and Cultivate the Land: Open the Budget Process to Us

Mary Afan, Janet Olaleye & Zainab Arah Isa*— Jun 01, 2020

Women constitute 70% of the farming workforce in Nigeria and feed the nation and cultivate the land. In this post, three of those farmers chronicle their journey to understand why budgets matter to their livelihood and their fight to get access to critical budget information.

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.

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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Let’s protect each other: IBP South Africa’s COVID-19 response

Albert van Zyl, IBP South Africa country manager— Apr 07, 2020

As governments fight the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty-stricken communities are often neglected in the response. That is true in South Africa, where the residents of informal settlements are too often “invisible.” However, IBP South Africa and its partners stepped in to change that.

What does a ‘culture of storytelling’ mean for nonprofits?

Pam Bailey, IBP Communications— Mar 06, 2020

“We need to tell stories” is a common refrain today in the field of nonprofit and even commercial communications but the word “story,” along with what subjects lend themselves to it and who can tell it, is widely misunderstood.

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Is Participatory Democracy Smart?

Jason Lakin, Senior Research Fellow, IBP— Mar 02, 2020

Public participation in civic decision-making is considered desirable, but some argue it can be time intensive and expensive. However, there is compelling evidence that broad public participation can in fact make democratic regimes “smarter” than others and lead to better policy results.

Save Lamu! Drawing lessons on public participation from other sectors

By Jason Lakin, International Budget Partnership— Jul 15, 2019

Interest in public participation in the budget process is increasing, and the sector could learn a lot from practices in other sectors, such as the environment. As IBP’s Jason Lakin points out, we too often stay in our silos instead of looking to other fields for lessons learned about how to increase citizen engagement.