A Call to Open Budgets

Open budgets help governments establish a more secure mandate by creating new avenues to connect to citizens and build trust.

We, the undersigned, believe all people should have access to detailed information about their governments’ budgets, with meaningful opportunities for input and engagement--including people living in poverty and other marginalized communities. 

Thus, over the next five years, we call on all national governments to:

  1. Publish information on how public resources are generated, allocated and spent - in a timely manner that is accessible to all, as specified in the Open Budget Survey. 
  2. Create opportunities for all people, particularly those from marginalized communities, to provide input into the budget process.
  3. Strengthen monitoring and oversight of budget execution through independent institutions.
  4. Sustain improvements achieved on open budgeting, protecting them from political shifts.

We recognize that all stakeholders have an important role to play in advancing this shared agenda and commit to the engagement needed. 

Join us and our national and international partners to make this vision a reality. To be part of this movement, please contact Claire Schouten at [email protected].
For more information, read the Open Budget Survey 2019 global report.