By Shaazka Beyerle and Davin O’Regan, United States Institute of Peace— Apr 17, 2019
Social movements deploying various nonviolent tactics have consistently demonstrated the ability to achieve genuine – sometimes transformative – shifts in policy and government performance. The underlying dynamic involves grassroots organizing to amplify citizen voices and wield power. But can such bottom-up citizen initiatives be fostered to advance fiscal governance?
by Nikhil Dey, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan— Apr 10, 2019
There has been growing skepticism about the impact of transparency initiatives on fiscal accountability issues. India provides an outstanding example of how social movements have creatively and effectively used the People’s Right to Information to enforce a form of fiscal accountability that demonstrably connects allocations, expenditure, and policy with people and their priorities. How did this transformative process get initiated, and what lessons does it have for the future, and for its use in other parts of the globe?
By Delaine McCullough, Head of Climate Finance Accountability, International Budget Partnership — Apr 03, 2019
Climate change threatens the natural systems that our lives and economies depend on, so it is simultaneously an environmental, economic, and developmental issue. But it is also an equity issue. If you’re poor, female, or otherwise marginalized, the risk of losing your already limited assets, livelihood, and potentially your life is heightened by climate change. Failure to address this extra vulnerability as we tackle climate change will deepen existing poverty and inequality.
By Adi Kumar and Ryan Fester, Development Action Group— Mar 27, 2019
In South Africa’s metropolitan municipalities, civil society has limited influence over local government decision making, and most tactics to hold local governments accountable are failing. Can the emergence of cross-class and cross-race coalitions frame new forms of citizen participation and improve fiscal accountability?
by Benjamin Cokelet, Founding Co-Executive Director, PODER— Mar 20, 2019
The power of transnational corporations and global economic and monetary institutions to influence national budgetary and financial decisions is overwhelming. Is it time for advocates to focus fiscal transparency and accountability efforts on the power of global capital?
By Christine Wong, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Melbourne— Mar 13, 2019
The results-based, pragmatic approach to politics associated with “Chinese-style democracy” may look attractive to countries seeking to kickstart development, but the authoritarian aspect of the model, along with its economic foundations, may be unsustainable.
by Didier Jacobs, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam America— Mar 06, 2019
Governments are engaged in a race to the bottom on corporate taxation. Tax rates are falling and tax incentives are multiplying. This is bad news when it comes to financing development. Citizens must demand transparency and accountability regarding tax incentives, and regional and global cooperation to set a floor under corporate tax rates.
By Wilson Prichard— Feb 27, 2019
Despite evidence of high and frequently rising inequality across much of the developing world, strengthening the equity of tax systems has usually been low on the agenda. However, there is a persuasive argument that civil society actors should place a significant advocacy focus on improving the overall equity of tax systems for technical, political, and strategic reasons.
by Nathan Coplin and Jaime Atienza, Oxfam— Feb 20, 2019
Improving domestic revenue mobilization can help low-income countries meet development challenges, but if rising debt costs are not addressed, these revenues will not give governments the fiscal space they need to invest in citizens and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
by Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, International Budget Partnership— Feb 13, 2019
The increase in low- and middle-income countries’ borrowing from the private sector and China has negative implications for the fiscal transparency of emerging market governments in the near term. How can fiscal transparency and accountability advocates respond?