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.
On 11 September, IBP launched the Open Budget Survey Tracker (OBS Tracker, www.obstracker.org), an online tool that allows citizens, civil society, media, and others to monitor in real time whether central governments are releasing the requisite information on how the government is managing public finances. Since then, the Tracker has recorded its first changes. Highlights include new budget documents that were published in August, what to expect in the coming months, and information on the budget document library.
An article by Helena Hofbauer, IBP’s Director of Partnership Development and Innovation, on how budgeting for human rights can help the poor has recently been featured on Open Democracy’s Open Global Right’s site. Based on civil society organization campaigns around the world, human rights law — coupled with budget analysis — can be a powerful tool to hold governments to account for how their policies affect the poor.
Be sure to visit and “like” IBP South Africa’s new Facebook page! On the page you’ll find the latest news, resources, publications, and guidance on budget transparency, participation, and accountability from South Africa and beyond. Share your thoughts with us on the page and encourage your colleagues to visit!
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