International Advocacy

The core of the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP) work since its inception has been to collaborate with and support its civil society partners’ work to improve government budget practices, systems, and policies within their country. By supporting civil society engagements in government budget processes, the IBP contributes to changes that lead to concrete benefits for poor and marginalized communities in countries all over the world, including greater public access to budget information and opportunities to engage in budget processes, as well as improvements in the extent to which government budget institutions respond to public priorities and use scarce budget resources effectively and equitably.There are now budget-focused organizations in over 100 countries, and the potential for many more.  There is also growing interest amongst other civil society networks – such as those working on public health, education, extractive industries, aid and the environment – that recognize the importance of budget information to their own advocacy.

While improvements in budget transparency, participation, and accountability are driven primarily by stakeholders within individual countries, there is increasing evidence that both pressure and support from external actors contribute significantly to governments’ decisions to undertake improvements.

It is promising then that, in addition to this growth in civil society interest, most major multilateral and bilateral donor agencies understand the importance of open budgets for aid effectiveness, and are committed to supporting governments – and increasingly civil society – in efforts around this.  Their interest is shared by many legislators and auditors who are eager to have access to data and oversight opportunities to fulfill their constitutional mandates.

The pressure from these internal and external stakeholders has contributed to an increasing number of governments showing that open budgeting is possible in a wide range of environments.

However, many challenges remain, and so the IBP has increased its work at the international level in addition to its work with civil society organizations within countries.  These global initiatives include:

Budget Work Around the World

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