Realizing Human Rights Through Government Budgets

By Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Budget Partnership, Sep 27, 2017

This publication explores the linkages between obligations under international human rights law and budget policies and processes. It seeks to sensitize government officials to better understand their human rights obligations as they decide budget allocations, implement planned expenditures, and assess the budget’s impact on the realization of human rights. It also aims to provide non-governmental actors with information about the relationship of human rights to budget processes and specific budget decisions, so that they are better able to hold their governments to account.

Realizing Human Rights Through Government Budgets

Engaging Government Differently: Social Audits and Service Delivery in South Africa

By International Budget Partnership South Africa , Sep 19, 2017

This short video tells the story of how residents, elected officials, administrators, and civil society organizations worked together to improve sanitation in Wattville, near Johannesburg in South Africa. Work done by Planact, the Social Audit Network, IBP South Africa, and the government of Ekurhuleni led to faulty portable toilets being replaced, improved relationships between government and residents, and a commitment to scale up a collaborative approach to social accountability.

social audit sanitation wattville south africa

Deliberating Budgets in Kenya: Tools and Examples

By International Budget Partnership Kenya, Sep 05, 2017

These videos capture highlights of budget deliberation demonstrations organized by IBP Kenya in Isiolo, Mombasa, and Nakuru counties. Additional videos include information on how to facilitate a budget deliberation demonstration, how to help citizens think about budget tradeoffs, and additional resources.

Public Deliberation of Budgets in Kenya

Taking Stock of the Volatility of Budget Transparency

By Paolo de Renzio, Daniel Hiller, and Suad Hasan, Aug 24, 2017

“Volatility” in the publication of budget documents — when the public availability of documents containing key budget information changes repeatedly over time — is a common occurrence across countries included in the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Survey. This Budget Brief presents the results of a study of evidence related to volatility in budget transparency across countries included in the Open Budget Survey, drawing on survey data between 2008 and 2016, public finance management laws, and the strength of government systems linked to the production of budget information.

The Volatility of Budget Transparency

2016/17 Budget Implementation in Kenya: Improving Performance, Continuing Transparency Challenges

By International Budget Partnership Kenya, Jul 26, 2017

This analysis looks at information made available about budget performance during the first three quarters of Kenya’s 2016/17 financial year. At the national level, the authors look at quarterly economic and budgetary reviews and the Office of the Controller of Budget’s first quarter Budget Implementation Review Report. At the county level, the analysis focuses on Baringo and Kirinyaga counties – the only two counties to publish budget implementation reports online.

2017/17 Kenya Budget Implementation Analysis

How Much Does Government Spend on Informal Settlement Upgrading in South Africa? An Analysis of Four Cities’ Budgets

By Carlene van der Westhuizen, Albert van Zyl, and Andile Cele, Jul 07, 2017

In South Africa, informal settlement upgrading is becoming an increasingly pressing policy priority. The most recent census data indicates that about 63 percent of the population already lives in urban centers – a number estimated to increase to 70 percent by 2030. This brief describes how four South African metropolitan municipalities — Buffalo City, the City of Cape Town, the City of Ekurhuleni, and the City of Johannesburg — finance the upgrading of informal settlements.

four city analysis of informal settlement upgrading south africa

Tracking Spending on the Sustainable Development Goals: What Have We Learned from the Millennium Development Goals?

By International Budget Partnership, May 19, 2017

In September 2015 countries from around the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda is a set of 17 aspirational “Global Goals” that cover such critical sectors as education, health, and sanitation and seek to address shared global challenges like climate change, gender inequality, and poverty. Because few, if any, of the goals are achievable without public financing, budget transparency, participation, and accountability are essential. This Budget Brief explores good practices and lessons learned from monitoring of government budgets and expenditure on the Millennium Development Goals that can assist with monitoring, reporting, and accountability in respect of the SDGs. It features summaries of case studies from eleven countries.

tracking sustainable development goal spending