Laura joined IBP in 2021 as a Program Officer of the Open Budget Initiative, in which she collaborates managing the implementation of the Open Budget Survey in a sub-set of countries in Latin America and co-leading processes to improve fiscal openness, increase opportunities for public participation and deepening collaboration with civil society actors within countries to strengthen their capacity to actively engage in budget processes.
Before joining IBP, she spent over 7 years conducting research and advocacy on open budgets. Most recently, Laura was the Fiscal Transparency Initiatives Coordinator at Fundacion Solidaridad and worked closely with many colleagues on several IBP initiatives, including the OBS, LATERAL project, and Budget Credibility Multi-Country Research. She completed a Masters degree in Advertising at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Spain, and a Bachelors of Social Communication at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic. Laura was also part of the first cohort of IBP Leadership Development Initiative Fellows by the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Holding a Bachelor degree in Architecture and planning, Dede continued her study
in trans-disciplinary Environment management master course at University of
She has proven record on working in Sustainable Development areas for 10 years, in
a wide range of programmatic themes of Urban design, SDGs, Climate change,
renewable energy, Sustainable Tourism, waste management, and public finance. In
the last three years with WWF Indonesia She had been working to develop Green
Budget Tagging, a specific tool to measure green economy budgeting in Indonesia.
I have joined IBP in February 2021 and I’m based in Dakar, Senegal. As a Program Officer, I support public finance research by trying to identify budget credibility issues that hinder development in the Health, WASH, and Social Protection sectors in Senegal.
Previously, I contributed to the Canadian research sector as a Program Officer at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). I also have extensive experience in social protection and resource allocation in Senegal; having contributed to the implementation of the National Family Scholarship Program as well as to the Unique National Register in Senegal, as Coordinator of these Programs.
I have a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor’s in economics and Political Science from the University of Montreal.
Claire O’Donnell joined IBP in February 2021 and is based in Washington D.C. She works as a research assistant for both the Open Budget Survey team and the Strengthening Budget Credibility project. Claire graduated with a bachelor’s in Spanish and International Relations concentrating in economic development from Tufts University.
Godson Aloryito joined IBP in 2021 as the Budget Credibility Program Officer for Ghana. He has rich experience in Public Finance Analysis and Advocacy in Fiscal Transparency and Accountability. Prior to joining IBP, he worked as Resident Economist and Coordinator of the Economic Governance Platform, a CSOs’ coalition which influenced the design of Ghana’s recent stabilization program with the IMF by securing social protection programs and mainstreamed CSOs’ monitoring of their implementation as well as key structural fiscal reforms.
Godson recently, initiated and facilitated structured grassroot CSOs dialogue and advocacy with donor agencies such as the World Bank to promote social inclusion and citizens’ feedback on donor-funded projects in Ghana. He has consulted for the Institute of Development Studies, the World Bank and supported the commencement of SPARK in Ghana as a consultant.
Godson holds a B.A. and MPhil degrees in Economics from the University of Ghana and is currently a PhD candidate in Finance at the University of Ghana.