Why Reasons are Fundamental in Government Budgets

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.

Rethinking Fiscal Futures: Questions for the Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Field

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.

Opening Municipal Budgets in Serbia

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.

Open Budgets in Serbian Cities

جمهورية الدومينيكان: التقدم المستدام في الشفافية يجب أن يكون متوافقًا مع التحسينات في المشاركة العامة

بقلم ماريا خوسيه إيفا بارادا، شراكة الموازنة الدولية— Feb 14, 2018

وارتفعت نتيجة هذا البلد في مؤشر الموازنة المفتوحة 37 نقطة منذ عام 2012، وما حققته من نتيجة قدرها 66 من أصل 100 في عام 2017 يجعلها واحدة من أفضل البلدان أداءً في منطقة أمريكا اللاتينية. وعلى الرغم من أن هذه المكاسب مثيرة للإعجاب، إلا أنه يلزم بذل مزيد من العمل لضمان ترجمتها إلى مشاركة عامة مفيدة.

Dominican Republic: Sustained Progress in Transparency Must Be Matched by Improvements in Public Participation

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.

República Dominicana: El progreso sostenido en transparencia debe corresponder con mejoras en la participación pública

por María José Eva Parada, International Budget Partnership— Feb 14, 2018

Pocos países han mantenido aumentos tan sólidos y estables en la transparencia del presupuesto como la República Dominicana. El puntaje del país en el Índice de Presupuesto Abierto aumentó 37 puntos desde 2012, y su puntaje de 2017 de 66 sobre 100 lo convierte en uno de los países con mejor desempeño en la región de América Latina. Si bien estos logros son impresionantes, se requiere más trabajo para garantizar que se traduzcan en una participación significativa del público.

République dominicaine : les progrès soutenus de la transparence doivent être accompagnés par des améliorations de participation du public

par María José Eva Parada, International Budget Partnership— Feb 14, 2018

Peu de pays ont régulièrement enregistré des augmentations élevées et stables de la transparence budgétaire comme la République dominicaine. Le score de l’Indice sur le budget ouvert obtenu par le pays a augmenté de 37 points depuis 2012, et son score de 66 sur 100 en 2017 en fait l’un des pays les plus performants d’Amérique latine. Pourtant, même si ces gains sont impressionnants, davantage d’efforts sont nécessaires pour assurer qu’ils se traduisent par une participation significative du public.

Recommended Reading on the Release of the Open Budget Survey

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.

UNICEF Keenly Anticipates 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.