Our money, our responsibility: how civil society can follow the COVID-19 money trail

by Vivek Ramkumar, IBP— Jul 31, 2020

In the past few months, governments have announced billions of dollars in emergency spending to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and civil society groups have been encouraged to “follow the money.” This blog explores how groups can follow the COVID-19 money trail.

Making trillion-dollar stimulus and safety nets work for all: essential steps we can take now

by Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership— Jul 24, 2020

Ensuring that the huge sums of money headed for stimulus and safety net packages achieve their tremendous promise and the imperative of saving lives and livelihoods calls for mutually reinforcing actions by government, civil society, business associations, accountability institutions and international donors.

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.

Llamado a la acción sobre los presupuestos abiertos durante la respuesta a COVID-19

Sally Torbert, Oficial del Programa de la Iniciativa de Presupuesto Abierto, IBP— May 07, 2020

Esta publicación también aparece en el Blog de Oxfam Poverty to Power. Se están movilizando y desviando grandes sumas de dinero público para financiar las medidas de emergencia de COVID-19. Los gobiernos deben identificar, aprobar e implementar la financiación de emergencia con urgencia. Si bien no es necesario que la velocidad ponga en riesgo la […]

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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