Sector Budget Transparency in the COVID-19 Response
September 29, 2020
UNICEF and IBP jointly organized this event with representatives from government, civil society organizations, development partners, UN offices and other stakeholders. Read UNICEF’s and IBP’s presentations.
From crisis to opportunity: How can open and accountable COVID-19 fiscal measures support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
September 24, 2020
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and IBP jointly organized this event. More than 120 participants, including representatives from government, civil society organizations, development partners, UN offices and other stakeholders, joined the discussion.
- A recording of the virtual event is available here
- More information on the findings of the Open Budget Survey 2019 can be found here.
Open budgets as the driving force of effective COVID-19 response and recovery: What can countries in Eastern and Southern Africa do better?September 23, 2020
The UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office and IBP jointly organized this event for more than 100 participants from across the region, including finance ministries, line ministries, civil society organizations, development partners, UNICEF country offices and other stakeholders.
This webinar featured presentations from Bob Muchabaiwa (UNICEF), Alex Kreko (IBP), Maleshoane Lekomola-Danzinger (Ministry of Finance, Lesotho), Jeanette Rwigamba (Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda) and Jay Kruuse (PSAM).
Public Expenditure Management Network in Asia – IBP Webinar Series: Open Budgeting Practices in the Asia-Pacific Region
In September 2020, PEMNA and IBP co-hosted two webinars. The first webinar, which was held on September 9, shared the results of the 2019 Open Budget Survey (OBS) in the Asia-Pacific region and shared experiences about how countries can use the OBS to improve open budgeting practices. The second webinar, held on September 23, aimed to build on the discussions from the first webinar with deeper discussions on how countries can make progress on budget transparency and public participation. Over the course of the two webinars, around 80 participants from 12 PEMNA member countries and international experts attended.
Strengthening Fiscal Transparency in Challenging Times in the Middle East and North Africa
The International Monetary Fund’s Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center (METAC), in collaboration with the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) and IBP held three webinars on fiscal transparency for METAC countries, following the release of the 2019 Open Budget Survey (OBS).
These webinars shared good practices with public finance stakeholders from the region and identify opportunities to improve fiscal transparency. These webinars are open to Finance Ministries and OBS researchers from METAC countries only.
Public Expenditure Management Peer Assisted Learning (PEMPAL): Europe and Central Asia Region
May 13, 2020
The Budget Literacy and Transparency Working Group (BLTWG) provided an overview of their knowledge product before its finalization and to discuss next steps; IBP shared the latest results in public participation and transparency from the Open Budget Survey 2019; and GIFT shareed the latest country case studies and trends from around the world on public participation including the latest GIFT work and research in this area. Twenty-two people from 16 countries attended the BLTWG meeting including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The final version of the knowledge product and a comprehensive event report capturing the discussions and decisions are available here.