September 2017 | by Diego de la Mora and Javier Garduño
The Open Budget Index assigns countries covered by the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Survey a transparency score on a 100-point scale using 109 of the Survey’s 140 questions. These questions focus specifically on whether the government provides the public with timely access to comprehensive budget information based on the public availability and content of eight key budget documents that all governments should publish over the different stages of the budget cycle. A score of roughly 60 is considered to represent the level at which countries are publishing sufficient information to allow public discussions on the budget to occur.
In the 2006 and 2008 rounds of the Open Budget Survey, Mexico’s Open Budget Index score fell in the middle range. However, beginning in 2009 the Mexican Ministry of Finance started taking budget transparency seriously, which was reflected by an increase in Open Budget Index scores in the 2012 and 2015 rounds. This case study examines why the Mexican government decided to enhance fiscal transparency and which actions were put in place both to start and to maintain the upward trend.
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- The Road to Budget Transparency in Argentina (September 2017)
- The Road to Budget Transparency in Indonesia (September 2017)
- The Road to Budget Transparency in the Philippines (September 2017)
- The Road to Budget Transparency in Ghana (September 2017)
- The Road to Budget Transparency in Uganda (September 2017)
- The Road to Budget Transparency: Learning from Country Experience (November 2017)
- The Road to 61: Achieving Sufficient Levels of Budget Transparency (July 2016)