by Matthew Cummins, Social Policy Regional Adviser, UNICEF — Sep 30, 2020
In this post, Matthew Cummins of UNICEF, explores the impacts of COVID-19 on children and how open budgets can be an effective tool in creating a better future for our children and their families.
by Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership— Aug 28, 2020
One of the key questions ordinary citizens ask about government budgets is “how will it affect me?” This is even more relevant during times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, when poverty and inequality worsen, and governments are called on to provide assistance to those most in need.
Sally Torbert, responsable de programme de l'Initiative sur le budget ouvert, IBP— May 07, 2020
Cet article figure également sur le Blog Poverty to Power d’Oxfam. De vastes sommes d’argent public sont mobilisées et réaffectées pour financer des mesures d’urgence contre le COVID-19. Les gouvernements doivent définir, approuver et mettre en œuvre un financement d’urgence le plus rapidement possible. Même si cette rapidité n’implique pas nécessairement une moindre responsabilité, le […]
By Rebecca Warner, International Budget Partnership— Apr 04, 2018
Budget oversight includes a number of activities that aim to measure whether public resources have been used appropriately, effectively, and efficiently. At the end of the fiscal year, the executive branch should report its financial activities to the legislature and the public, as well as to an independent and professional supreme audit institution. During this stage of the budget cycle, civil society organizations that are interested in assessing problems in budget implementation can use Audit Reports to assess whether the government is spending public funds appropriately and effectively.
By Rebecca Warner, International Budget Partnership— Aug 15, 2017
The budget execution stage can be somewhat of a challenge for civil society groups looking to ensure the budget is implemented as intended, as they typically have limited options for engagement. However, in countries where an effective and transparent monitoring system is not in place or not functioning well, civil society can bridge the gap.
By Jay Colburn, International Budget Partnership— Jun 20, 2017
The budget approval, or enactment, phase of the budget cycle is when the Executive’s Budget Proposal is submitted to the legislature, where the members may then debate, alter, and approve the final budget. Frequently, it is at this point that the key issues in the debate over the budget are established. Because this process culminates in the enactment of the final budget law, this is often the point when media attention is greatest, offering CSOs valuable opportunities to advocate for their issues.
By Jay Colburn, International Budget Partnership— Feb 28, 2017
Timing can be everything when it comes to influencing government decisions. Luckily budgeting more or less follows a regular cycle throughout the financial year and decisions are often contingent on what has come before. Civil society organizations (CSOs) looking to influence budgets can use their knowledge of the budget cycle to determine the timing and targets of their interventions. This post looks at the formulation stage of the budget cycle and how civil society can most effectively engage in it.