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Resources Governments Can Use to Improve Transparency, Participation, and Oversight in Budget Processes

Country recommendations for improving budget transparency, participation, and oversight are included in the Open Budget Survey 2017 country summaries. These are available for download on the Country Results pages.

IBP and its partners encourage governments to use the OBS findings and recommendations to guide budget transparency reforms and welcome the opportunity to discuss the results of the Open Budget Survey 2017 with interested governments.

Explore additional resources for improving budget transparency, participation, and oversight:

Budget Transparency Guides

The Open Budget Survey assesses whether governments produce and publish comprehensive and timely information to the public in eight key budget documents as recommended by international good practice. These guides explain those reports and what information should be in them as well as other areas of public finance that are less well understood and especially vulnerable to efforts to shield them from public scrutiny.

Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports: Why are Budget Reports Important, and What Should They Include?

This guide was designed to support governments in their efforts to meet international good practice standards on budget transparency by providing in one resource guidance on what reports and documents they should be producing and making available throughout the budget process and what information should be in those reports.

The Power of Making It Simple: A Government Guide to Developing Citizens Budgets

This guide is an International Budget Partnership publication for governments seeking practical guidance on how to make their public finance systems more transparent. It focuses specifically on Citizens Budgets and offers useful tips to governments interested in developing one.

A Guide to Transparency in Public Finances: Looking Beyond the Budget

This is a compendium of five briefs that goes beyond the eight key budget reports to examine other areas of public finance that are less well understood and especially vulnerable to efforts to shield them from public scrutiny.

Citizens Budgets

Citizens Budgets are designed to present key public finance information to a general audience. They are typically written in accessible language and incorporate visual elements to help non-specialist readers understand the information. To help governments and other interested stakeholders understand the importance of Citizens Budgets and how to produce them, the International Budget Partnership produced the following resources.

Citizens Budgets

What are Citizens Budgets? Citizens Budgets are designed to present key public finance information to a general audience. They are typically written in accessible language and incorporate visual elements to help non-specialist readers understand the information. While Citizens Budget versions of the Executive Budget Proposal and the Enacted Budget are most common, each key document […]

How to produce a citizens budget
Examples of Citizens Budgets

A Citizens Budget is a simpler, less technical version of a government’s budget specifically designed to present key information to the public. Citizens Budgets can vary widely in focus, content, and length and be presented in a number of ways, ranging from a simple brochure to a comprehensive report. These excellent examples of Citizens Budgets showcase different approaches and styles. […]

Examples of Citizens Budgets