Just Released: The Open Budget Survey 2012!

On 23 January the International Budget Partnership released the Open Budget Survey 2012, the only independent, comparative, and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world. Produced every two years by experts outside government, the 2012 Survey reveals that the national budgets of 77 of the 100 countries assessed – these 77 countries are home to half the world’s population – fail to meet basic standards of budget transparency. Compounding this are the Survey’s findings on the widespread failure of governments to provide sufficient opportunities for citizens and civil society to engage in budget processes.

Budgets are essential for ensuring the delivery of critical services like maternal health and basic education. Is government investing your tax dollars sufficiently in these services?  To answer this question, you need access to budget information – and opportunities to hold the government to account.

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