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.
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.
Priyanka Samy, Program Officer, IBP India — Jul 06, 2020
A goal of IBP is to develop new youth leaders. Here, we tell the story of how one young woman defied her “untouchable” status to help her community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.