The International Budget Partnership collaborates with civil society around the world to analyze and influence public budgets in order to reduce poverty and improve the quality of governance.
Why is increasing transparency in government budgets such an important issue? How does this actually help governments? How does open budgeting help people? IBP’s Director Warren Krafchik recently sat down with The Guardian to answer these and other important questions, which you can read here.
The government of the Republic of Azerbaijan has published a Citizens’ Budget for the first time. IBP partner the National Budget Group worked with the Ministry of Finance by providing examples of a citizens’ budget based on IBP recommendations. The 2014 Citizens’ Budget can be accessed here (in Azeri).
In Senegal, IBP partner GERAD (Group for Research Study and Action for Development) has urged the new Minister of Finance in recent months to publish the Executive’s Budget Proposal, which was just released here.
Both of these publications represent important steps toward greater transparency and citizen engagement in the budget process. For more information on budget transparency in these countries, check out their Open Budget Survey country pages.
The Centre for Public Administration Research, an NGO in Austria, has recently launched the portal www.offenerhaushalt.at. The site provides access to the spending data of all 2,356 municipalities in Austria. Read more about this project and how it is helping both citizens and municipal officials to better understand budget information.
In an effort to foster better understanding of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s budget systems, the portal budzeti.ba was launched on 30 October 2013. The site allows Bosnian citizens to navigate the complexities of the country’s tax system and to explore the distribution of public funds across administrative regions and categories of social spending. Find out more about this project on the Open Budgets Blog!
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