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How to describe the International Budget Partnership

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) ( was formed in 1997 to collaborate with civil society organizations in developing countries to analyze, monitor, and influence government budget processes, institutions, and outcomes. The aim of the Partnership is to make budget systems more responsive to the needs of poor and low-income people in society and, accordingly, to make these systems more transparent and accountable to the public.

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Monies to the County: Why Governors Insist on a 45% Fund Allocation (KTN Kenya, September 2014)

  • Jason Lakin is interviewed about Kenya governors’ insistence that counties receive a 45% allocation in revenue sharing.

County Allocation Analysis: The Facts and Fiction on the County Allocation (KTN Kenya, September 2014)

  • Jason Lakin discusses issues related to county allocations in Kenya.

Stricter Fiscal Management Needed in Kenya’s Budget (CNBC Africa, June 2014)

  • Jason Lakin discusses what to expect in the second year of Kenya’s devolved government.

Over Half of 2013/14 Budget Allocation on Development May Not Have Been Spent (NTV, May 2014)

  • Jason Lakin speaks about the lack of spending on development despite increasing budget allocations

Can Devolution Succeed in Kenya?

  • Jason Lakin, IBP Senior Program Officer and Research Fellow, appeared on CNBC to discuss whether devolution in Kenya is working.

Presupuesto Ciudadano (“Public Budget”) (“Pesos y contrapesos” (Checks and Balances), June 2013

  • Helena Hofbauer, IBP’s Director of Partnership Development and Innovation, appeared on the program  to discuss the relevance of public budgets for government transparency and citizen participation.

“OBI Results,” MyVideoGe (Georgia), November 16, 2010

Las diez faltantes (“The Ten Missing Ones”)
November 2010

This video is part of a campaign known as “Las diez faltantes” (“The Ten Missing Ones”) to bring attention to the Mexican government’s spending priorities during the economic crisis. In 2009 the government spent 4,927.7 million pesos on official advertising – 501 percent more than in 2006, and more than the entire expenditure of the Ministry of Labor in the same year. To highlight the impact of government spending decisions, the Mexican nongovernmental organization Fundar outlined ten missing priorities to improve the use of public funds for healthcare and medication, increase spending on AIDS treatment, reduce out-of-pocket costs in healthcare, and increase the number of clinics and hospitals.

¿Que pasa con mi dinero? (“What Happened With My Money?”)
October 2010

This documentary – filmed in Mexico – defines budget transparency according to Mexican public officials, civil society experts, academics, and citizens. It illustrates what can be done with budget information and presents a brief account of the current state of budget transparency in the country. This documentary, currently only available in Spanish, will soon have English subtitles.

“Bulgaria Is Between Argentina and Uganda on Budget Transparency” (Bulgarian), EBF Business TV (Bulgaria), October 20, 2010

“Hay que aumentar la edad jubilatoria en forma gradual,” Asteriscos TV (Argentina), October 19, 2010

Open Budget Survey 2010, Nader Tadros from the International Budget Partnership on The Global (Arabic), Al Hurra, October 19, 2010 (NOTE: Select the October 19 episode and forward to about the middle of the broadcast)

“Índice de presupuesto abierto,” YouTube, October 18, 2010

Open Budgets. Transform Lives.
October 2010
The Open Budget Survey 2010

Want to learn more about the Open Budget Survey 2010, and why Budget Transparency is important? Watch this short video!

The IBP Presents the Findings of the Ask Your Government (AYG) Initiative at the Global Maternal Health Conference
Helena Hofbauer
September 2010
Plenary 3 Video on Wednesday 1 September (minutes 25:24-40:01)

Watch the International Budget Partnership presentation on the findings of the Ask Your Government (AYG) Initiative at the Global Maternal Health Conference in New Delhi, India. The AYG initiative was carried out in over 80 countries by almost 100 partnering organizations to request specific budget information directly related to maternal health interventions. While governments’ responses varied widely, the overwhelming majority did not provide substantive information to their citizens. Furthermore, 11 countries with the highest maternal mortality rates in the world kept silent and ignored the requests posed by their citizens. In Nigeria, for example, information related to life-saving drugs was classified as “sensitive” and “controversial,” in Yemen it was declared “private,” and in Tajikistan the researcher was told “not to bother the Minister with such request.”

“It’s Our Money. Where’s It Gone?”
September 2009

Don’t miss “It’s Our Money. Where’s It Gone?” – the IBP’s video case study that shows how IBP partner organization, MUHURI, uses “Social Audits” to involve communities in Mombasa, Kenya, in monitoring budgets and holding their government accountable for managing the public’s money and meeting the needs of the poor.

“Open Budget Index: Kenya Above Average in Budgetary Preparations,” NTV (Kenya), February 12, 2009

Budget Transparency Gap on Voice of America’s In Focus, February 2009

Foriegn Exchange TV – IBP Director Warren Krafchik on Open Budget Index 2008, February 2009

“Key South East Asian Countries Rank Low in Budget Transparency,” VOA, February 8, 2009



“U.S. Ranks High in Transparency over Most Countries,” Federal News Radio (U.S.), November 8, 2010

“Ghana scores 54% in 2010 Open Budget Index,” Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, October 27, 2010

“Fiji Ranks Poorly in ‘Open Budget’ Report,” Radio Australia, October 26, 2010

Results of the Open Budget Survey 2008
February 2009

Key Findings of Open Budget Survey 2008
February 2009

Overview of the Open Budget Survey 2008
February 2009

Countries That Have Improved Budget Transparency
February 2009

Open Budget Survey 2008 Recommendations
February 2009

It’s Your Money
December 2008