The International Budget Partnership collaborates with civil society around the world to use budget analysis and advocacy as a tool to improve effective governance and reduce poverty.

Why Budgets?

If you want to fight poverty, you need to care about government budgets. As the specific plans for how public funds will be raised and spent, budgets are the government’s most powerful tool to meet the needs and priorities of a country and its people. The aim of the International Budget Partnership (IBP) is to ensure that government budgets are more responsive to the needs of poor and low-income people in society and, accordingly, to make budget systems more transparent and accountable to the public.

The IBP believes that the public has a right to comprehensive, timely, and useful information on how the government manages public funds. Our experience shows that when ordinary people have information, skills, and opportunities to participate, broader public engagement in government budget processes can promote substantive improvements in governance and poverty.

In order to foster more open, participatory, and accountable public budgeting, the IBP partners with civil society organizations around the world, leveraging their knowledge of their country’s political context, their experience navigating policy processes for social change, and their relationships with the public in order to transform their country’s budget system.

What Does the IBP Do?

In order to achieve its goals, the IBP works in five major areas:

  • Building budget analysis and advocacy skills through training and technical assistance
  • Measuring and advancing transparency, accountability, and public participation in the budget process
  • Contributing to strong and sustainable organizations by providing financial assistance for civil society budget work
  • Enhancing knowledge exchange among civil society budget groups and other public finance stakeholders by acting as a hub of information on civil society budget work
  • Building vibrant international and regional budget networks

 
The IBP’s work in these areas is channeled primarily through two major initiatives -the Open Budget Initiative and the Partnership
Initiative
– that are assisted by two service programs – Training and Communications.

What Is the Impact of this Work?

The IBP and its civil society partners contribute to reforms in how governments around the world manage public funds so that:

  • budget processes (how budgets are proposed, debated, implemented, and evaluated) are more transparent and open to public input;
  • budget policies (who will pay what taxes, or how much money will go to specific programs) effectively address the needs of the poor and marginalized; and
  • budget rules, regulations, and institutions are stronger and better able to resist corruption and mismanagement and ensure more effective and efficient use of public resources.

 
Learn more about the IBP and civil society budget work.

Budget Work Around the World

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