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.

Llamado a la acción sobre los presupuestos abiertos durante la respuesta a COVID-19

Sally Torbert, Oficial del Programa de la Iniciativa de Presupuesto Abierto, IBP— May 07, 2020

Esta publicación también aparece en el Blog de Oxfam Poverty to Power. Se están movilizando y desviando grandes sumas de dinero público para financiar las medidas de emergencia de COVID-19. Los gobiernos deben identificar, aprobar e implementar la financiación de emergencia con urgencia. Si bien no es necesario que la velocidad ponga en riesgo la […]

Um Apelo à Ação para orçamentos abertos durante a resposta à COVID-19

Sally Torbert, Diretora do Programa Iniciativa de Orçamento Aberto, IBP— May 07, 2020

Esta publicação também é mostrada no blog Poverty to Power, do site da Oxfam. Grandes somas de dinheiro público estão a ser mobilizadas e direcionadas para financiar medidas de emergência para a COVID-19. Os governos precisam identificar, aprovar e implementar com urgência financiamento de emergência. Embora a rapidez não tenha de existir em detrimento da […]

Un appel à l’action sur les budgets ouverts pendant la réaction au COVID-19

Sally Torbert, responsable de programme de l'Initiative sur le budget ouvert, IBP— May 07, 2020

Cet article figure également sur le Blog Poverty to Power d’Oxfam. De vastes sommes d’argent public sont mobilisées et réaffectées pour financer des mesures d’urgence contre le COVID-19. Les gouvernements doivent définir, approuver et mettre en œuvre un financement d’urgence le plus rapidement possible. Même si cette rapidité n’implique pas nécessairement une moindre responsabilité, le […]