Budget Trailblazers: Elena Calistru

May 27, 2021

In this section, we shine a spotlight on partners who are using budget advocacy to bring transformational change to their communities. This month, we talk with Elena Calistru, chair and founder of Funky Citizens, a Romanian-based NGO that builds research-based, data-driven advocacy tools. Funky Citizens was one of our research partners on the COVID-19 assessment.

Managing Covid Funds: the accountability gap

Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy— May 24, 2021

When the Covid pandemic broke in early 2020, there was near unanimous consent that a crisis of this magnitude required governments to act boldly and swiftly to meet the needs of their people. By the end of 2020, governments mobilized a staggering $14 trillion in fiscal policy responses of different types.

Government budgets responding to crisis: what we can learn from the Ebola emergency

by Sally Torbert, Chloe Cho & Guillermo Herrera, International Budget Partnership— Nov 05, 2020

This blog reviews lessons from two of the most impacted countries by the 2014 and 2015 Ebola crisis to help understand how government budgets change in response to a crisis and how these changes can impact budget credibility, particularly in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Overcoming barriers that limit accountability of public spending

by Martin Aldcroft, Vivek Ramkumar & Ed Olowo-Okere*— Nov 05, 2020

Countries around the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by expending trillions of dollars to support their economies and provide relief to their populations, but a key challenge is ensuring that funds contribute to recovery and reach intended beneficiaries. Collaborations between supreme audit institutions and civil society groups can monitor government spending and ensure effective and lawful use of funds, improvement in public service delivery and response to disasters.

Cash Transfer Programs as a Safety Net during COVID-19: The good and the bad

by Jason Lakin & Andrés Ponce Morales, IBP— Nov 01, 2020

Social protection policies play a fundamental role in sustaining minimum living conditions for the most vulnerable, and during COVID-19, an increasing number of countries are adopting specific social protection measures to counteract the economic impact of the pandemic. This blog explores five of the many issues around cash transfer programs that we hope to explore further as an organization and alongside our Learning Network partners.

How persistence, proactiveness, partnership and social media bridged the access to information gap in Mombasa

by by: Josephine Nyamai, PFM practitioner& Budget Facilitator, Mombasa County— Sep 25, 2020

Kenya has a firm legal and regulatory framework governing access to information. The Constitution of Kenya, 2010, Article 35, further elaborated by the Access to Information Act 2016, guarantees citizens the right to access information. Section 7(3) of PFM regulations, 2015, specifically demands that budget information be publicized within seven days.[1]In addition to the national […]

Citizens, Civil Society and Auditors: COVID-19 requires an “ecosystem” approach to accountability

by Brendan Halloran, International Budget Partnership— Sep 15, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, governments are taking the necessary steps to save lives and prevent families from falling into poverty and hardship in the short term, however, it is likely that funds meant to strengthen public health infrastructure and reach vulnerable groups will be mismanaged. This is an opportunity for public auditors to ensure that public money is well spent during and after the crisis.