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 15 May 2013 the Revenue Watch Institute released the 2013 Resource Governance Index, which measures the quality of governance in the oil, gas, and mining sector of 58 countries worldwide. Together these nations, from Norway to Nigeria, produce 85 percent of the world’s oil, 90 percent of diamonds, and 80 percent of copper, generating trillions of dollars annually. The Resource Governance Index not only ranks these countries’ performances but also offers recommendations to ensure citizens fully benefit from their vast resource wealth.
Watch a webcast of the 15 May 2013 global launch at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. at www.revenuewatch.org/rgilive. Regional Revenue Watch teams will be hosting simultaneous launch events in the following cities: Accra, Ghana; Lima, Peru; Abuja, Nigeria; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Yaounde, Cameroon; and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Jump on the 2013 Resource Governance Index social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook. The hashtag for the event is #RGIlive and for the Index in general: #Index2013 and #RGI2013
The IBP has worked with numerous experts in the field on case studies, quantitative analyses using Open Budget Index data, and other research that has helped deepen our understanding of the causes and consequences of budget transparency. But are there generalizable lessons learned and similarities and differences observed across the world?
The IBP’s newly released book Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation, and Accountability (published by Brookings Institution Press) presents evidence from a number of new cases to answer key questions around budget transparency, accountability, and participation:
- How and why do governments improve fiscal transparency and engage the public in budget decisions and oversight?
- How are reforms sustained over time?
- When and how do increased fiscal transparency and participation improve government responsiveness and accountability?
The IBP looks back on the past year’s accomplishments and reflects on our work to date. Check out the 2012 Annual Report to see the IBP by Numbers, Highlights from the year’s work, a special feature on the Partnership Initiative, and a series of short essays on the Lessons Learned about how best to support civil society budget advocacy and promote open budgets.
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