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Open Budget Index Rankings

The Open Budget Index is the world’s only independent, comparative measure of central government budget transparency. Countries covered by the Open Budget Survey are given a transparency score between 0 and 100, which IBP uses to construct the Index, which ranks the assessed countries.

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Open Budget Survey Data Explorer

The Open Budget Survey Data Explorer lets users examine current and previous results of the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Survey in a myriad of ways including maps, timelines, regional comparisons, and more.

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Resources for Governments

IBP and its civil society partners encourage governments to use the OBS findings and recommendations to guide reforms to improve budget transparency, engagement with citizens and civil society, and effective formal oversight. Explore additional resources governments can use to improve budget transparency, accountability, and oversight.

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Download Open Budget Survey 2017 Reports & More

The Open Budget Survey 2017 shows a modest decline in in average global transparency scores, halting progress toward greater transparency that surveys over the past decade have identified.  This means that many governments are making less information available about how they raise and spend public funds than they did in 2015. This finding is particularly discouraging given that roughly three-quarters of countries assessed publish insufficient budget information.

In addition to these transparency challenges, the Open Budget Survey 2017 assessment of budget oversight finds that most countries have limited or weak legislative oversight practices, though most have the basic conditions needed for auditors to perform their roles. The 2017 survey also reveals that most governments fail to provide meaningful opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process.

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Open Budget Survey 2017 Global Report

The Open Budget Survey 2017 full report is the most comprehensive resource available on the findings and recommendations of this global assessment of budget transparency, participation, and oversight. It includes detailed information on the key findings, country rankings, research methodology, and more.

Open Budget Index 2017 Rankings

The Open Budget Index is the world’s only independent and comparative measure of budget transparency. The Open Budget Index scores each country from 0 to 100, based on the average responses to the 109 indicators the Open Budget Survey uses to measure budget transparency. These indicators are used to assess whether the central government makes eight key budget documents available to the public in a timely manner and whether the information contained in these documents is comprehensive and useful. See how the 115 countries surveyed compare on the Open Budget Index 2017.

Open Budget Survey 2017 Key Findings

This short summary focuses on key findings from the Open Budget Survey 2017.

Executive Summary

Adapted from the complete report of the Open Budget Survey 2017, the executive summary brings together the survey’s global findings with recommendations for governments, and civil society, and donors to improve budget transparency, participation, and oversight in budget processes around the world.

Country Summaries

Individual Open Budget Survey country summaries are available for download on each country’s results page. Country summaries include details on the OBS 2017 findings for each country surveyed on transparency, participation, and budget oversight. The summary also includes regional comparisons, changes in transparency over time, and recommendations for improving transparency, participation, and oversight. Each country page also provides links to country’s results from previous rounds of the OBS.

Questionnaires & Questionnaire Guidelines

The results for each country in the Open Budget Survey 2017 are based on a questionnaire, comprising 145 scored questions. The Open Budget Survey 2017 Questionnaire and Guidelines includes the survey questions and the guidelines for answering survey questions.

Audio/Visual Resources

Open Budget Survey 2017 Video

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Open Budget Survey 2017 Infographic

Open Budget Survey 2017 Infographic
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Previous Editions of the Open Budget Survey

Full reports, rankings, and other publications from previous rounds of the Open Budget Survey can be found at the links below: