Blog Tag: Budget Support

How we will promote aid and budget transparency in Busan

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prepared by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow at the International Budget Partnership Open Budget Surveys have repeatedly found that countries that are heavily dependent on foreign aid to finance their budgets tend to have less transparent budget processes, . This might be due to various country characteristics, such as low incomes or weak democratic institutions. […]

Health aid fighting wars, not AIDS?

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It is every donor’s nightmare that recipient governments end up spending aid on things that it was not intended for. The fashionable budget support approach gives up on this nightmare by leaving allocative decisions to recipients and rather concentrating on  strengthening the country institutions that make these decisions. But this does not mean that donors […]

Paying for Climate Change: “How” Is as Important as “How Much”

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This post was prepared by Athena Ballesteros of the World Resources Institute,and Vivek Ramkumar  of the International Budget Partnership. Adaptation, mitigation, conservation, new technologies—when it comes to addressing the impacts of climate change and moving to a low-carbon economy, the costs will be shared and significant. As 190 countries met in Copenhagen over the last […]

Global Health: What would Barack do?

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As the American Presidential campaign heats up, it is good to see that candidates’ views on the US’s global health agenda is also getting some column space. Unsurprisingly global health is nowhere near as prominent in the McCain campaign as it is for Obama. Apart from supporting PEPFAR, McCain has been vague on other global […]

Getting serious about Budget Support

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Budget support is meant to build democratic accountability for public funds and reduce the amount of red tape involved with donor transactions. The challenge of budget support is to change the relationship between donors and recipient government as well as between governments and their citizens. If this is not done, budget support is doomed to […]


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