Research: Data, Process, Resources


The Open Budget Survey assesses and documents the state of budget transparency and accountability worldwide, provides standards that governments can use as guides for improving their budget systems and processes, and establishes benchmarks against which governments can measure their progress. Since 2006 the Open Budget Survey has amassed the largest, most comprehensive database on budget transparency in the world. This means that in addition to its value as a yardstick, the Survey serves as an important foundation for furthering research into the causes and consequences of a lack of budget transparency and into potentially effective actions that governments, donors, and civil society actors can take to move toward more open and responsive budgeting. In this section, researchers can access the complete databases of the different rounds of the Survey, guides to how the Open Budget Questionnaire on which the Survey is based is administered, and background information on public finance management and budget transparency.

Budget Work Around the World

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How does budget transparency affect people’s lives

Social Audits in Kenya: Budget Transparency and Accountability The activities of Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), a civil society organization (CSO) based in Mombasa, Kenya, demonstrate the significant role budget transparency plays in improving accountability. Read more >>

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