Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports: How Civil Society Can Use Budget Reports for Research and Advocacy

Jul 22, 2010

By International Budget Partnership | 2011

Civil society organizations have a critical role to play in government budget processes. They can inform the decision-making process to ensure that public resources are being used effectively to meet public needs, and they can monitor the actual execution of budget policies and programs to hold government to account, thus reducing opportunities for corruption and mismanagement. This guide provides essential information on how civil society organizations can use, and have used, the eight key budget reports that their government should be making available throughout the budget process — the Pre-Budget Statement, Executive’s Budget Proposal, Citizens Budget, Enacted Budget, In-Year Reports, Mid-Year Review, Year-End Report, and Audit Report — for research and advocacy purposes.