International Advocacy

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The primary focus of the International Budget Partnership’s international advocacy is to work with a range of actors, including donor and international institutions, governments, national and international civil society organizations, associations of public finance professionals and oversight institutions, and private sector investors to foster a global environment that supports open and accountable budgeting throughout the world. Learn more about our work in the following areas:


Advancing Norms and Standards for Open Budgeting

IBP works with a range of actors and multistakeholder initiatives, including international donors and financial institutions, governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, and the Open Government Partnership, to advance norms and standards on budget transparency, accountability, and participation. A primary aim of such norms, which are informed and advanced through these engagements and the findings and recommendations from IBP’s biennial Open Budget Survey, is to provide a common understanding of the public finance reforms that are needed to advance open budgeting in all countries.

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Budgeting for Sustainable Development

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic United Nations Summit. The SDGs aim to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change and protect natural resources while ensuring that no one is left behind. IBP’s sustainable development advocacy engages governments, civil society, and the U.N. to ensure fiscal transparency and participation are integrated into the Sustainable Development Agenda.

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Strengthening Budget Oversight

Budget oversight institutions face serious limitations in many countries. Audit reports on budgets are withheld from the public, legislative hearings on audit findings take place behind closed doors, and findings are not acted upon. Our work with leading experts and practitioners from the field of government auditing aims to make audits more effective in holding politicians, officials, and institutions to account.

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Other Campaigns

We leverage our global relationships and public finance expertise to help civil society amplify calls for greater budget transparency, accountability, and participation. Read more about our work with the Global Civil Society Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability, and Participation; the Ask Your Government! Campaign, and more.

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