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.
by Vivek Ramkumar, IBP— Jul 23, 2020
This blog explores national government budget data in 94 countries from detailed reports issued by the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) program to better understand the large discrepancies between what a government budgets for and what it actually spends.
by Alex Ciconello & Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership— Jul 14, 2020
Today, in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, IBP is launching a joint statement asking all Governments and Parliaments across Latin America to make all existing tax expenditures transparent, to review and eliminate those that provide unjustified and inequitable tax privileges and to redistribute the tax burden onto the wealthiest sectors of the population and those who can afford to pay more.
by Chris Lane, former IMF representative to the United Nations & Sally Torbert, Program Officer, IBP— Jul 08, 2020
A lack of transparency and fragmented systems for managing and reporting on government debt has left many lower income countries over-indebted and ill-prepared to finance necessary pandemic containment and mitigation measures.
by Paolo de Renzio, Jason Lakin & Vanessa van den Boogaard*— Jul 07, 2020
How can civil society help to shift popular perceptions of taxation and move the political needle on reforms? To get to tax systems that are more equitable, it’s time to build broad coalitions in support of progressive tax reforms.
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.
IBP y Directorio Legislativo— Jun 24, 2020
¿Cómo ha cambiado el rol de los Poderes Legislativos en America Latina con respecto a la asignación, reasignación y control de recursos durante la pandemia de COVID-19? Directorio Legislativo y IBP analizan esta cuestión en siete países en la región.
by IBP and Directorio Legislativo— Jun 24, 2020
Since the start of the pandemic, governments in Latin America and the world have allocated enormous amounts of resources to confront the health, economic and social impacts. While rapid responses to address the crisis are imperative, the transparency, oversight and accountability of these processes cannot be neglected.
by Chloe Cho & Guillermo Herrera, International Budget Partnership— Jun 22, 2020
As part of their COVID-19 response, governments everywhere are reprioritizing resources and implementing new fiscal measures. Throughout this process, we expect them to inform the public by reporting on and justifying changes made to the budget. But do we have reason to be concerned that this may not happen? Probably.