What Have We Learned from Tracking Budget Transparency More Frequently?

By IBP, essays from the 2014 Annual Report— Jun 23, 2015

Our Open Budget Survey Tracker findings have revealed a complex pattern in which improvements in budget transparency are not always sustained by governments and indicate that IBP and other proponents of open budgeting need to better understand the incentives governments face not only for becoming more transparent but also for maintaining and sustaining improvements.

The Cost of Reforming Pensions in El Salvador

By Rocio Campos, International Budget Partnership— Mar 10, 2015

Salvadoran workers have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in interest that the government should have paid on state pensions, according to a recent decision handed down by El Salvador’s Supreme Court of Justice. Despite interest rates on private savings averaging around 7 percent, the government has paid just 1 percent interest on public pension savings. Between 2007 and 2013 alone, this would have meant an additional USD 930 million being paid into the state pension system.

Budgeting for Human Rights: Using the Maximum of Available Resources

Aug 14, 2014

This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership. The last few decades have seen two mutually reinforcing trends with regard to government budgets. First, though fiscal policy has long been seen as a key tool for governments to support stable economies and provide public services, the […]

Elections in India: Transparency, Accountability, and Corruption

May 14, 2014

This post was written by Ravi Duggal, Program Officer at the International Budget Partnership. Elections are underway in the world’s largest democracy. With over 800 million voters spanning 543 political constituencies, voting will last until mid-May. And transparency and accountability are shaping up to be key issues for voters. Turbulence in the last few years […]

Links Roundup: Transparency News and Analysis

May 12, 2014

Fiscal Transparency News Around the World Jakarta government held its first open data hackathon (Tech in Asia) The first and second place winners created apps which allow people to find and monitor city budget information and report anything suspicious to authorities. Multiple levies distort budget accountability (Mmegi online) A recent PEFA assessment in Botswana shows an […]

Lessons Learned from Water and Sanitation Budgets Analysis in Pakistan

Feb 27, 2014

This post was written by Muhammad Zahoor, Executive Director of the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability. In July 2013 the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) and Integrated Regional Support Program (IRSP), two civil society organizations based in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan, analyzed the water and sanitation budgets for the […]

The Social Justice Coalition Uses Social Audit to Clean Up Sanitation Issues in Cape Town

by International Budget Partnership— May 14, 2013

On 27 April 2013, Freedom Day in South Africa, the Social Justice Coalition and residents of Khayelitsha, an informal settlement in the outskirts of the City of Cape Town, celebrated by taking the City to task for failing to adequately maintain and clean the toilets provided for the community. The public hearing was part of a social audit in which community members hold governments to account for managing public funds.