By Adi Kumar and Ryan Fester, Development Action Group— Mar 27, 2019
In South Africa’s metropolitan municipalities, civil society has limited influence over local government decision making, and most tactics to hold local governments accountable are failing. Can the emergence of cross-class and cross-race coalitions frame new forms of citizen participation and improve fiscal accountability?
by Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership— Feb 06, 2019
Public finance and government budgets are things few people get excited about, but they affect every one of us much more than we think. What would public finance that puts the public good — human beings with their needs and aspirations — at the center of government policy-making look like? And could this re-framing of public finance be the key to democratic renewal?
Jason Lakin, Ph.D., International Budget Partnership— Nov 29, 2018
Modern government budgeting is increasingly expected to be an extended conversation between executives, legislatures, auditors, the public, and other independent institutions. In this conversation, governments cannot simply announce their plans. They have to explain the reasons for the choices they are making. So how can we judge the quality of reasons that governments provide? Our new paper, “Assessing the Quality of Reasons in Government Budget Documents,” proposes five criteria.
by Anja Rudiger, Consultant— Oct 30, 2018
After two decades of promoting open and accountable budgets around the world, the fiscal transparency and accountability field has reached a critical juncture. Although fiscal transparency norms and standards have gained ground and, under some conditions, contributed to increasing budget allocations and spending on essential public services, there is a sense that quantifying the deeper impact of budget work remains elusive. To critically reflect on this challenge and generate new ideas, the International Budget Partnership, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace initiated a set of workshops under the theme of Fiscal Futures earlier this year.
By Predrag Mijalković, president of the management board, Center for Education and Transparency (CETRA)— Apr 24, 2018
How can civil society respond to a lack of transparency in local budgetary policies? In Serbia, the Center for Education and Transparency created a web platform to analyze and visualize open data related to the planned and executed budgets of a sample of Serbian cities. The group was motivated by a desire to raise the level of transparency of the budget process in Serbia, and to contribute to establishing an effective and efficient system of public accountability. Learn more.
by María José Eva Parada, International Budget Partnership— Feb 14, 2018
Few countries have steadily sustained strong increases to budget transparency as the Dominican Republic. The country’s score on the Open Budget Index has risen 37 points since 2012, thereby making it one of the top five scores in the Latin American region in 2017, after Mexico, Brazil, and Peru. The Dominican Republic’s 2017 score of 66 out of a possible 100 on budget transparency is substantially higher than the global average score of 42. But while these gains are impressive, more work is necessary to ensure they translate into meaningful public participation.
by International Budget Partnership— Feb 12, 2018
On 6 February 2018, the International Budget Partnership and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) co-hosted an event in London, U.K. to address the decline in global budget transparency. Government officials, policymakers, and civil society representatives discussed the findings from the Open Budget Survey 2017 and Harriet Baldwin, joint minister of state for DFID and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, launched DFID’s new transparency agenda, “Open Aid, Open Societies: A Vision for a Transparent World.” Watch a recording of the event, and read more about the release of the Open Budget Survey 2017.
by Jean Dupraz, Social Policy Regional Adviser, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office— Jan 29, 2018
Since 2016, UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office has partnered with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) to promote open budget practices among governments in the region. Following the release of the Open Budget Survey 2017 on 30 January, UNICEF will disseminate results at national and regional events, and, importantly, will engage with governments and civil society.
by Anjali Garg, International Budget Partnership— Jan 25, 2018
Large-scale protests against the national budget — first in Haiti in September 2017 and then in Iran in January 2018 — are a stark reminder that the decisions on how public funds are raised and spent, reflected in national budgets, have a direct bearing on the lives of ordinary people.
by International Budget Partnership— Jan 18, 2018
French-speaking observers have occasionally questioned whether there is a potential bias in the methodology employed in the Open Budget Survey that has negative impacts on francophone countries. A recent study commissioned by the International Budget Partnership examines this issue.