Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker
December 2016 Update
To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.
|Open Budget Survey 2015||December 2016 Update|
|Pre-Budget Statement||Produced for Internal Use Only||Not Produced|
|Executive's Budget Proposal||Produced for Internal Use Only||Produced for Internal Use Only|
|Enacted Budget||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Citizens Budget||Not Produced||Not Produced|
|In-Year Reports||Available to the Public||Published Late|
|Mid-Year Review||Not Produced||Not Produced|
|Year-End Report||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Audit Report||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
As of 31 December 2016, the government of Bolivia makes three of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. This reflects a net decrease over the findings of the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014. Since that assessment, Bolivia has failed to publish In-Year Reports in a timely manner.
To improve budget transparency, Bolivia should publish an Executive’s Budget Proposal, publish In-Year Reports in a timely manner, and produce and publish a Citizens Budget. For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.
Transparency (Open Budget Index) 17/100
The Government of Bolivia provides the public with scant budget information.
Public Participation 0/100
The Government of Bolivia provides the public with no opportunities to engage in the budget process.
By legislature 58/100
Budget oversight by the legislature in Bolivia is limited.
By auditor 58/100
Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Bolivia is limited.
Bolivia should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:
- Publish the Executive’s Budget Proposal as soon as it’s presented to the National Assembly with all of its volumes and supporting budget documents.
- Publish a Pre-Budget Statement.
- Publish a Citizens Budget within three months of publishing the Enacted Budget1 and Mid-Year Review by September 30 each year.
Bolivia should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:
- Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
- 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.
Bolivia should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:
- Establish a specialized budget research office for the legislature.
- Ensure the legislature holds public meetings to review Audit Reports.
- Ensure the supreme audit institution has adequate funding to perform its duties, as determined by an independent body (e.g., the legislature or judiciary).
Bolivia’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.