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.
The Open Budget Survey Tracker (OBS Tracker, www.obstracker.org) website is now live, allowing 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. Using data collected by independent civil society budget experts in the countries covered, the OBS Tracker monitors and reports on whether central governments are publishing, on time, the eight key budget documents required by international standards on budget transparency. If you are interested in learning more, join us on 24 September from 8:30 am – 10:00 am for a breakfast seminar at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. RSVP to Sally Torbert (email@example.com).
Don’t miss our third and final webinar in the series based on the handbook “Article 2 and Governments’ Budgets.” Join us on 26 September from 10:00 am – 11:30 am (EST) for the webinar “Progressive Realization.” Handbook authors Ann Blyberg and Helena Hofbauer, together with guest speaker Shaamela Cassiem, Capacity Building Manager at IBP, will introduce the concept of “Progressive Realization.” Join the discussion on the failure of “Progressive Realization” through benefits not reaching the most vulnerable; the potential of retrogression via tax cut; and a positive example of “Progressive Realization.” Use #Article2 to discuss and follow along on social media!
IBP’s Access to Information module is now available online! Included in the module are presentations, videos, guides, and exercises that can help guide workshop participants to think about the importance of access to information in budget work. The materials offer examples on access to information best practices, outline the contents of the basic key budget documents, and show how to track a specific development problem. We will be adding more of our capacity building materials to the website so be sure to check back frequently!
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