Oct 01, 2019
In 2018, the International Budget Partnership began a two year pilot to examine deviations from approved government budgets, or budget credibility, with specific concern for the impact on vulnerable populations. This fact sheet provides a succinct and informative summary of the project.
By Sep 30, 2019
Nigeria has long had severe budget credibility issues, and recent evidence suggests that the problem has not improved. This paper probes the various factors that that may be contributing to the low credibility of the budget in Nigeria and presents an analysis structured around an assessment of eight different hypotheses for what could be driving the problem.
By Sep 20, 2019
As countries increasingly focus on meeting the SDGs, attention should be paid not only to the financing gap governments face but also to the “credibility” of their budgets – which measures governments’ capacity to effectively manage and spend the resources that they already have (or say they have). New IBP analysis using the World Bank BOOST dataset suggests that the lack of budget credibility is an important challenge that may undermine the pursuit of the SDGs in many countries.
Aug 27, 2019
These guidelines help you develop a social audit questionnaire that will collect evidence or information that will be easy to capture and analyse, and will provide accurate and representative findings and recommendations that can be used to engage with government.
Jul 26, 2019
This edition of Metro Budget Notes reviews the South African Auditor General’s findings on local governments for 2017/18 from the perspective of informal settlement residents in metropolitan municipalities.
By Jun 10, 2019
Across Latin America, tax expenditures are reducing government revenues by between 10 and 20 percent, but adequate information on their objectives, beneficiaries, and ultimate impact is lacking.
By May 21, 2019
How can we build a moral case for equitable budgets and redistributive policies that will resonate with a broad cross-section of society? This reflective piece points to the need to collect more evidence on attitudes about fairness across countries and communities and to fashion messages that emphasize our common humanity, rather than our differences.
Apr 26, 2019
This edition of Metro Budget Notes discusses important changes in South African national government grants to metropolitan municipalities that could increase the amount of funding available for upgrading of informal settlements and make it easier to track spending of such funds.
By Apr 04, 2019
This guide — part of a series of guides on how to read and understand different budget documents at the national and county level in Kenya — provides some structured questions that will help the public, civil society organizations, and other agencies read and understand Kenya county Audit Reports.
By Apr 01, 2019
As part of the International Budget Partnership’s Assessing Budget Credibility Project, 24 civil society partners in 23 countries identified a budget credibility challenge in their country and scrutinized a case where the government consistently failed to raise or spend funds as it said it would at the start of the fiscal year. Partners looked for explanations for deviations in published documents and then sought interviews with public officials to further understand the deviations. These budget credibility country snapshot reports summarize their research.