Open Budget Index Rankings

The Open Budget Index (OBI) is the world’s only independent, comparative measure of central government budget transparency. The OBI assigns countries covered by the Open Budget Survey a transparency score on a 100-point scale using 109  of the 140 questions on the Survey. These questions focus specifically on whether the government provides the public with timely access to comprehensive information contained in eight key budget documents in accordance with international good practice standards.

Open Budget Index 2015

Seventy-eight of 102 countries assessed fail to provide sufficient information to the public on their national budgets and receive scores of 60 or less. Of the 24 countries that score well on budget transparency, just four — Brazil, Norway, South Africa, and the United States — also score well across the participation and oversight dimensions. See Open Budget Survey Results by Country to view and download Open Budget Survey Country Summaries and completed Open Budget Survey Questionnaires.

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Previous Editions

To compare performance over time, view the Open Budget Survey Data Explorer timeline or download previous Open Budget Index rankings below.