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IBP in the News
- April 5, 2014: “How many health workers are there? The answer is blowing in the wind“
- February 27, 2014: “County governments rush to table fiscal strategy paper“
- June 25, 2013: “Solomon Islands government defends new treatment of public money“
- May 01, 2013: “Kenya: Let’s get devolution right in agriculture”
- April 16, 2013: “Open data platforms: a tool to revolutionise governance”
- Jan 23, 2013: “Budget transparency ‘generally dismal’ across the world”
- Jan 23, 2013: “Three-quarters of countries ‘hide financial information’”
- Jan 23, 2013: “Results of the 2012 Open Budget Survey and Index”
- Jan 23, 2013: “NZ government transparency tops world”
- Jan 22, 2013: “Ministry of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Places Eighth Out of 100 Countries in IBP Survey, First in Public Engagement“
- Nov 21, 2012: “Budget Transparency and the Future of Nigeria’s Sovereign Ratings”
- Aug 07, 2012: “What can we learn from eight successful campaigns on budget transparency and accountability?“
- Jan 9, 2012: “Role of Civil Society in Budget Process”
- Dec 12, 2011: “Premier Cox: Pre-Budget Report”
- Nov 20, 2011: “Activists launch campaign for transparent budgets”
- Sep 20, 2011: “Fact Sheet: The Open Government Partnership”
- July 12, 2011: “Clinton kicks off open-government partnership”
Opinion & Editorial by IBP Program Staff
- March 22, 2014: “A county’s fiscal strategy paper is the soul of budgeting past, present, future“
- March 8, 2014: “In the Kenyan parliament we want, they are building the state, not tearing it down“
- February 8, 2014: “Division of revenue debate is about Kenya’s national priorities“
- January 25, 2014: “Counties aren’t to blame for high wage bills; give them a break“
- January 17, 2014: “Controller Of Budget Report: The Glass Is Actually Half Full“
- January 11, 2014: “Suffer the little children: Why equality of outcomes matters as much as opportunity“
- January 10, 2014: “Getting Budgets Right This Time“
- December 28, 2013: “I was inspired by Mandela, but mourn the passing of Henry Mutinda Kyatha“
- December 20, 2013: “Reflections On The Health Worker Strike“
- December 14, 2013: “National debate on division of revenue or semi-coherent ramblings?“
- December 13, 2013: “Where We Have Erred On Revenue Sharing“
- November 16, 2013: “New rules to support Public Finance Act welcome, but still no public input“
- October 11, 2013: “Kenya: Devolution 101 – Making Sense of County Budgets”
- August 18, 2013: “Ten Questions about My County Budget” this article is complemented by the new tool 16 Key Questions About Your County Budget
- April 19, 2013: “Who Is In Charge Of The Devolution Process?”
- Mar 28, 2013: “Kenya’s Devolution of Power and Resources”
- Mar 23, 2013:“Don’t just give us results, show us that they were arrived at transparently”
- Mar 16, 2013: “It’s here! The challenge of devolution”
- Mar 9, 2013: “No roads, no water: No rocket science needed to define marginalisation”
- Feb 2, 2013: “There’s need to clarify devolution roles”
- Feb 25, 2012: “Constitution: Single deadlines allowing old guard to subvert the transition”
- Feb 18, 2012: “Doctors’ strike: When govts cut off flow of information, they get gangrene”
- Feb 11, 2012: “PowerPoint or lecture notes, the flow of knowledge must not be just one way”
- Feb 4, 2012: “Uganda’s peasantry deserved proper political parties, all they got was NGOs”
How to describe the International Budget Partnership
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) (www.internationalbudget.org) 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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Jason Lakin, IBP Senior Program Officer and Research Fellow, appeared on CNBC to discuss whether devolution in Kenya is working.
Helena Hofbauer, the IBP’s Director of Partnership Development and Innovation, appeared on the program “Pesos y contrapesos” (Checks and Balances) to discuss the relevance of public budgets for government transparency and citizen participation.
This slide show on the Ask Your Government! initiative summarizes the main goals and achievements of this effort as seen through the eyes of the five African researchers in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia who recorded audio diaries of their efforts to request and obtain budget information from their governments on areas critical to development, such as maternal health, aid effectiveness, and environmental protection.
Las diez faltantes (“The Ten Missing Ones”)
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?”)
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.
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)
Open Budgets. Transform Lives.
The Open Budget Survey 2010
Want to learn more about the Open Budget Survey 2010, and why Budget Transparency is important?
The IBP Presents the Findings of the Ask Your Government (AYG) Initiative at the Global Maternal Health Conference
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?”
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.
Results of the Open Budget Survey 2008
Key Findings of Open Budget Survey 2008
Overview of the Open Budget Survey 2008
Countries That Have Improved Budget Transparency
Open Budget Survey 2008 Recommendations
It’s Your Money