From the Open Budgets Blog
Freedom Forum, a civil society organization based in Nepal, used Right to Information laws to uncover widespread waste and mismanagement of special constituency development funds allocated to parliamentarians. Freedom Forum then worked cooperatively with the media to expose the misuse of public money.
Civil society has a crucial role to play in ensuring government policies are effective and sustainable, yet interrogating the assumptions underlying budget decisions can be dauntingly complex. For this reason the Natural Resource Government Institute and the Fiscal Responsibility Institute Budapest developed a tool to help watchdogs grapple with these complexities.
Building consensus and using evidence to influence policy can be particularly challenging when political polarization becomes entrenched. This was the scenario in El Salvador in 2014, when IBP started working with a diverse group of civil society organizations to influence the debate on pension reform.
New IBP Publications
IBP’s 2016 Annual Report documents our work over the past year, focusing on what we have achieved and what we have learned.
How does fiscal accountability advance in an era of closing government? This collection of learning and reflection essays is a companion to our 2016 Annual Report and illustrates the multidimensional nature of budget work and democratic engagement.
Financing Development for Children in Africa: The State of Budget Transparency and Accountability in the Continent
Using data from the Open Budget Survey 2015, UNICEF and IBP examined budget transparency and accountability in 31 African countries. The findings are presented in this report along with a set of recommendations for how African governments can improve transparency and accountability to ensure that public resources are used in the best interests of the growing population of children.
Further Reading From the Field
- Supporting the Evolution of Fiscal Transparency – Global Integrity at the GIFT Stewards Meeting in Mexico (Global Integrity)
- Is Fiscal Decentralization Delivering on its Promises? A Review of the Theory and Practice in Developing Countries (Institute of Development Studies)
- Public Financial Management and Health Services Delivery (Overseas Development Institute)
- An Effective and Powerful Independent International Commission Against Corruption Benefits from and Strengthens Fiscal Transparency: The Case of Guatemala (Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency)
View current job openings at the International Budget Partnership here.