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Burkina Faso

Open Budget Survey 2017

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Country Summary - English Country Summary - French Questionnaire
Transparency

25

out of 100
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Public Participation

0

out of 100
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Budget Oversight

37

out of 100
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IBP considers countries that score above 60 on the Open Budget Index as providing sufficient budget information to enable the public to engage in budget discussions in an informed manner. IBP considers countries scoring above 60 on participation and oversight as providing adequate opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process and providing adequate oversight practices, respectively.

Transparency (Open Budget Index)

24

out of 100

Burkina Faso provides the public with minimal budget information.

How Has the Open Budget Index Score Changed Over Time?
Recommendations for Improving Transparency

Burkina Faso should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish In-Year Reports and a Year-End Report online.
  • Publish in a timely manner a Citizens Budget online.
  • Produce and publish a Mid-Year Review.

Public Participation

0

out of 100

Burkina Faso provides the public with no opportunities to engage in the budget process.

How Does Public Participation Compare to Other Countries in the Region?

Global Average 12/100
Benin 9/100
Democratic Republic of Congo 9/100
Cameroon 7/100
Mali 6/100
Senegal 2/100
Chad 0/100
Côte d’Ivoire 0/100
Burkina Faso 0/100
Niger 0/100
Recommendations for Improving Participation

Burkina Faso should prioritize the following actions to improve public participation in its budget process:

  • Pilot mechanisms for members of the public and executive branch officials to exchange views on national budget matters during both the formulation of the national budget and the monitoring of its implementation. These mechanisms could build on innovations, such as participatory budgeting and social audits. For examples of such mechanisms, see fiscaltransparency.net/mechanisms.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the formulation of the annual budget, during which members of the public or civil society organizations can testify.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution in formulating its audit program and to participate in relevant audit investigations.

Budget Oversight (by Legislature & Audit)

37

out of 100

The legislature and supreme audit institution in Burkina Faso provide weak oversight of the budget.

To What Extent Does the Legislature Provide Budget Oversight?

Formulation/Approval 62/100
Execution/Audit 26/100

The legislature provides weak oversight during the budget cycle. This score reflects that the legislature provides adequate oversight during the planning stage of the budget cycle but weak oversight during the implementation stage of the budget cycle.

To What Extent Does the Supreme Audit Institution Provide Budget Oversight?

Weak 17/100

The supreme audit institution provides weak budget oversight.

Recommendations for Improving Oversight

Burkina Faso should prioritize the following actions to make budget oversight more effective:

  • Ensure legislative committees examine and publish reports on their analysis of the Executive’s Budget Proposal online.
  • Ensure a legislative committee examines and publishes reports on in-year budget implementation online.
  • Require legislative or judicial approval to appoint and/or remove the head of the supreme audit institution.
  • Consider setting up an independent fiscal institution.

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Open Budget Survey 2015

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Transparency (Open Budget Index) 43/100

The Government of Burkina Faso provides the public with limited budget information.

Public Participation 10/100 

The Government of Burkina Faso is weak in providing the public with opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight 

By legislature 39/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in Burkina Faso is weak.

 By supreme auditor 50/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Burkina Faso is limited.

Recommendations 

Improving Transparency

Burkina Faso should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  •  Publish a Citizens Budget.
  • Publish in a timely manner a Year-End Report.
  • Further increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting information on the classification of expenditures for future years and the classification of revenues for future years.
 Improving Participation

Burkina Faso should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  •  Ensure the public is informed of the purpose of public budget engagements and provided with sufficient information to participate effectively.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the budgets of specific ministries, departments, and agencies as well as on the audit reports at which testimony from the public is heard.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program and participate in audit investigations.
 Improving Oversight

Burkina Faso should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:

  •  Ensure the executive receives prior approval by the legislature before implementing a supplemental budget.
  • In both law and practice, ensure the legislature is consulted prior to the virement of funds in the Enacted Budget, the spending of any unanticipated revenue, and the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.
  • Ensure the supreme audit institution has adequate funding to perform its duties, as determined by an independent body (e.g., the legislature or judiciary).


Open Budget Survey 2010

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Open Budget Survey 2008

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Burkina Faso’s score on the Open Budget Index shows that the government provides the public with scant information on the central government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This makes it very difficult for citizens to hold government accountable for its management of the public’s money.


Open Budget Survey 2006

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Country Summary Country Summary - French Questionnaire



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