Lessons learned: engaging the public in budget discussions despite social distancing

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.

No disabled person will be left behind in Senegal

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.

Civil society organizations around the world advocate for transparent and just responses to COVID-19

by Jason Lakin & Guillermo Herrera*, International Budget Partnership— Jun 04, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the plans of governments, businesses and households around the world. The same is true for civil society organizations, including our global network of groups committed to budget-related advocacy. In this post, we highlight our partners around the world and their nimble responses to the crisis.

Tackling COVID-19 requires a more progressive and targeted tax policy: a look at Kenya

John Kinuthia, Lead Research Analyst, IBP-Kenya & Jason Lakin, Senior Fellow, IBP— Jun 03, 2020

This post explores the important tax changes the Kenyan government has made to deliver benefits to small businesses and formal-sector workers with lower incomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the authors find that the government also provides poorly justified tax cuts for large businesses and individuals with higher incomes.

The COVID-19 Accountability Emergency

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.

Le Diable se glisse-t-il dans les détails ? La transparence budgétaire dans les secteurs de la santé et de l’éducation

María José Eva, Jason Lakin, Sally Torbert, International Budget Partnership— May 21, 2020

“Pourquoi les organisations axées sur la santé maternelle dans les communautés rurales, ou l’accès à l’éducation pour les enfants handicapés, ou la fourniture d’eau et d’assainissement dans les bidonvilles devraient-elles se préoccuper du manque d’informations dans les documents budgétaires ? Cet article plonge dans les réponses et explore pourquoi les documents budgétaires clés sont si importants.

¿Los problemas surgen en los detalles? La transparencia presupuestaria en los sectores de salud y educación

María José Eva, Jason Lakin, Sally Torbert, International Budget Partnership— May 21, 2020

Acceso a agua potable, educación, servicios de salud, vivienda, condiciones laborales segura, libertad de discriminación y fin de la pobreza. La lista sigue, al igual que la lucha. Pero, ¿por qué las organizaciones que se centran en la salud maternal de las comunidades rurales, el acceso a la educación para niños con discapacidad o el […]

Crippling Debt: Transparent Lending and Borrowing Must be Part of the Solution

Tim Jones, Head of Policy, Jubilee Debt Campaign— May 19, 2020

Countries around the world are facing an unprecedented debt crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a rise to the largest capital outflow from developing countries ever recorded. In this post, Tim Jones of the Jubilee Debt Campaign proposes a series of measures to make lending more transparent and responsible.

The Vaccine against COVID-risk: Open Budgets, Open Response, Open Recovery

Jamie Drummond, Global Strategist: The Global Goals and Co-Founder: ONE — May 12, 2020

As the world’s scientists race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, and governments scramble to fund emergency responses, we must apply openness to enable journalists, civil society, and citizens to “follow the money,” promote government financial accountability, improve service delivery and rebuild civic trust.

A Call to Action on Open Budgets during the COVID-19 Response

Sally Torbert, Open Budget Initiative Program Officer, IBP— May 07, 2020

Vast sums of public money are being mobilized and diverted to fund COVID-19 emergency measures and most countries’ budget accountability systems have gaps even when they operate under less extreme conditions. The latest Open Budget Survey, released last week, finds that some of the weakest aspects of budget transparency and oversight are the ones that will be most critical for monitoring public resources during this emergency.