Fariya joined the International Budget Partnership as a Senior Program Officer in 2019. Prior to joining IBP, Fariya was the Strategic Programs Researcher at the Tax Justice Network where she provided research and network building support to Tax Justice Network’s programs. Her specific focus has been on developing a human rights, feminist, and gender equality focused network of tax activists and researchers, and she was the lead organiser for all of Tax Justice Network’s major convenings from 2017 to 2019. Fariya has also worked with the International Centre for Tax and Development, the World Bank Group, the Ford Foundation, and Open Society Foundation on research projects on political accountability, citizen engagement and transparency in West Africa. She holds both a Bachelor’s of Arts (Economic and International Relations) and a Master’s of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto.
Maleine joined IBP in February 2019 to become the first Country Manager for Senegal. He has a broad background in public policy, with experience ranging from political affairs to economic development to academia where he has contributed to several research projects linked to democratic governance, public financial management and fiscal policy. Maleine has worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist on a USAID program but also in projects targeting legislative assistance, reform processes (freedom of information act), transparency and accountability (budgets and extractive industries) at the national (Senegal) and regional levels (West Africa). He has engaged with Senegal’s Ministry of Finance on improving the country’s performance relative to the Open Budget Index. Immediately prior to joining IBP, Maleine managed the public finance program of the Senegalese NGO known as ONG-3D. He is also a PHD candidate working on tax expenditures.
Austin joined the International Budget Partnership in June 2018 as the Country Manager for Nigeria. Prior to joining IBP, Austin worked with DFID’s flagship governance reform and public sector accountability program in Nigeria (Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn, or PERL), where he served as Federal Reform Manager. Austin managed the team that facilitated improvements in the linkages between policy-making, strategic planning, budgeting, and service delivery, and contributed to strengthening inter-governmental coordination between the federal and state governments. Previously, he was the Component Manager for Public Finance Management in DFID’s Federal Public Administration Reform Program (FEPAR), where he supported reforms initiated by Office of the Vice President. Austin was involved in the successful transition from the predecessor SPARC/SAVI/FEPAR suite of DFID programs to the PERL suite.
Austin’s roots are in civil society, working with the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) in Lagos state, where he managed a small core team and over 3,000 volunteers. He was instrumental to the emergence of civil society networks and coalitions on accountable governance at the state and local government levels. He founded and edited the Budget-Track Newsletter between 2006 and 2008.
Austin is finalizing an MA in Public Policy and Management at the University of York, United Kingdom, having already obtained a Postgraduate Diploma from the same institution. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, as well as a B.Sc. from University of Jos – all in Nigeria. He is also a certified Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessor.
Warren Krafchik is the Executive Director of the International Budget Partnership (IBP), where for 20 years he has led IBP’s work to support and collaborate with civil society organizations in Africa, Latin America and Asia to ensure governments are held accountable as stewards of public resources. IBP works with independent organizations in over 120 countries by providing financial assistance, training and technical support and designing collaborative research and networking programs.
In addition to directing IBP, Krafchik is a co-founder and steering committee member of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, and he was a founding co-chair of the Open Government Partnership.
Krafchik joined the IBP in 2001 after nine years at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), where he founded the Budget Information Service (BIS). Idasa’s BIS was one of the first organizations in developing countries to pioneer a role for civil society organizations in budget processes, and its work and methods have been adapted by civil society and governments around the world. Krafchik serves on the board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and was a founding board member of the Impumelelo Innovations Program and Topsy AIDS Foundation.
Krafchik is the author of numerous publications and a frequent speaker on fiscal processes, equity and accountability. He received a Masters in Economics from the University of Cape Town.