From the Open Budgets Blog

Doing Accountability Differently: How the Vertical Integration of Civil Society Can Drive Impact

American University’s Jonathan Fox introduces new research that suggests that, to drive systemic change, civil society organizations and reformers must band together into coalitions that work at the local, subnational, national, and transnational levels.

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Time to Get Political: Why the Open Governance Community Needs to Start Engaging with Grassroots Movements

Nongovernmental organizations pushing for more inclusive and accountable governance need to engage more intentionally with politics. But what does this mean in practice?

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High-Level Officials Discuss Budget Transparency in Francophone Africa

In October IBP and the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance co-convened an event that brought together finance ministers and senior ministry officials from eight Francophone African countries to discuss recent progress on opening budgets in the region.

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New IBP Case Studies

The International Budget Partnership recently published five new case studies detailing the impacts of civil society budget analysis and advocacy on government budget policies and practices in India, Honduras, and Ukraine:

India: Samarthan’s Work on Rural Poverty

This case study summarizes Samarthan’s efforts to realize the potentially transformative promise of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

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India: Support for Advocacy Training Initiatives’ (SATHI) Public Health Work

Learn more about SATHI’s work to improve healthcare in the state of Maharashta and the impacts of civil society interventions on public health delivery and accountability.

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Honduras: The Fragility of Gains in Budget Transparency 

This case study examines the rise and fall of budget transparency in Honduras.

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Ukraine: Light of Hope’s Work Improving Social Services For Marginalized Groups

Light of Hope garnered an unprecedented level of support from the city of Poltava, including direct funding from the city budget, to deliver a complex array of services to marginalized groups.

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Ukraine: Combating Corruption Disguised as Charity

The Institute of Analysis and Advocacy conducted innovative research and forged powerful coalitions to tackle entrenched corruption in the local health system.

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Further Reading From the Field

Kenya’s Equity Week: The Discussion on Fairness Just Started

To broaden public discussion on the meaning of equity in resource allocation beyond just policymakers, IBP Kenya and its partners recently hosted Equity Week.

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Job Announcements

View current job openings at the International Budget Partnership here.