Open Budget Survey News & Updates
Open Budget Survey Release Events
The International Budget Partnership and our partners have presented the findings of the Open Budget Survey 2017 at release events around the world.
Fundación Solidaridad Seminar on Budget Transparency, Santiago, Dominican Republic
International Budget Partnership partner Fundación Solidaridad (Solidarity Foundation) held a seminar on budget transparency in light of the results of the Open Budget Survey 2017. Speakers included Laura Castillo, researcher, Fundación Solidaridad; María José Eva Parada, International Budget Partnership; Luis Reyes Santos, Director General of the Budget Office; legislator Víctor D’Aza; Oscar Díaz, consultant of the European Union for the Chamber of Accounts; and Rafael Jovine of OxFam for the Dominican Republic. Seminar participants included representatives from multiple institutions and civil society.
The Open Budget Survey 2017 Presentation, Paris
The International Budget Partnership presented the Open Budget Survey 2017 findings and recommendations in meetings with the OECD and the French government, including the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Expertise France and the Agence française de développement. The participants discussed challenges on both the supply and demand side in advancing budget transparency and participation and how development partners can support reform efforts at the country, regional and global level.
The Open Budget Survey 2017 Presentation for UKAid (Department for International Development), London
Jason Lakin and Claire Schouten from the International Budget Partnership presented the findings and recommendations of the Open Budget Survey 2017 to UKAid program officers and directors and discussed how bilateral donors might support improvement in budget practices in their partner countries. IBP partners George Oseih Bempeh from SEND-Ghana; Eka Gigauri, from Transparency International Georgia; James Muraguri from the Institute of Public Finance Kenya; Oluseun Onigbinde from BudgIT; and Adriano Alfredo Nuvunga from Centro de Integridade Pública (CIP) in Mozambique provided their perspective of what change does – or does not – look like on the ground.
Finding the Money: Fiscal Transparency in Emerging Markets – Blackrock’s London Office
Hosted by the Emerging Markets Investors Alliance, this event convened investors in sovereign debt from several global private investment firms to discuss how the Open Budget Survey 2017 findings relate to the level of investment risk posed by poor budget transparency and accountability in countries and how the investment community could effectively promote more open and accountable public finance. Moderated by Giulia Pellegrini from Blackrock, the event drew on expertise from speakers and panelists from Bloomberg, the IMF and OECD, the International Budget Partnership, and the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency.
Open Budget Survey Global Release Event – London, U.K.
Government officials, policymakers, civil society representatives, and others joined together for a discussion on the latest findings from the Open Budget Survey 2017 on the state of government budget transparency and accountability in 115 countries around the world. Watch a recording of the event here.
Speakers and Panelists included: Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development; Mamuka Bakhtadze, Minister of Finance of Georgia; Khalid Payenda, Deputy Minister of Finance of Afghanistan; Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General of CIVICUS; Alta Fölscher, Principal Consultant, Mokoro; Giulia Pellegrini, Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Markets Debt team at BlackRock and Director of Research for Frontier Markets; Carolina Renteria Rodriguez, Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF; and Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, International Budget Partnership.
Open Budget Survey Global Release Event – Washington, D.C
Government officials, policymakers, civil society representatives, and others joined together for a discussion on the findings from the Open Budget Survey 2017, co-hosted with Oxfam America and The World Bank. Watch a recording of the event here.
The event was moderated by Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, John Parke Young Chair in Global Political Economy. Speakers and panelists included: Jan Walliser, Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank; Mamuka Bakhtadze, Minister of Finance of Georgia; Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, Minister of Finance of Afghanistan; Fernando Galindo Favela, Undersecretary of Expenses in Mexico; Manal Fouad, Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF; Mary Beth Goodman, former special assistant to President Obama; Ian Gary, Director, Accountable Development Finance, Oxfam America; and Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, International Budget Partnership.
Government Responses to the Open Budget Survey 2017
By measuring how transparent and accountable governments’ budgets are in comparison to over 100 countries around the world, the Open Budget Survey pressures governments to improve, provides them with practical steps they can take, and recognizes those that do so. IBP and its civil society partners are encouraged by the steps several governments have taken to acknowledge the results of the Open Budget Survey and the actions they have taken to make their budget systems more open and responsive.
Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance from Indonesia, says the Open Budget Survey is “a very valuable source of information for government, civil society, and many stakeholders,” and “can provide a snapshot of the strength of the institutions and practices that will hold government to account for how it manages and uses scarce public resources.” Minister Indrawati speaks further about the release of the Open Budget Survey 2017 and the importance of budget transparency, oversight, and participation in Indonesia in this video.
Open Budget Survey Blog Posts
Open Budgets Blog posts from International Budget Partnership staff and partners about the Open Budget Survey 2017.