IBP Clears Debate Over Francophone Bias: Previewing the Open Budget Survey 2017

Jan 18, 2018 | Budget Transparency, Citizen participation | 0 comments

by International Budget Partnership
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French-speaking observers have occasionally questioned whether there is a potential bias in the methodology employed in the Open Budget Survey that has negative impacts on francophone countries. This question has been raised primarily when looking at the performance of francophone countries in earlier rounds of the Open Budget Survey in which they perform worse than their counterparts in non-francophone countries. A new PFM blog post published by the International Monetary Fund discusses this issue and summarizes a study commissioned by the International Budget Partnership that looked into potential bias of the Open Budget Survey. The study makes clear that there is no bias in the Open Budget Survey against francophone countries.

Read more from the study’s author Ian Lienert at the International Monetary Fund’s PMF Blog »

Join IBP for the Global Release Of The Open Budget Survey 2017!

A new round of the Open Budget Survey is set to be released in a little over a week covering 115 countries, including 13 new countries some of which are from francophone Africa. Join us for the global release on January 31, 2018 in Washington, D.C. and February 6, 2018 in London to hear the new results and its implication from a panel of experts.

Washington, D.C.

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January 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM
The World Bank, J-B1-080 – 701 18th Street NW – Washington, DC 20006
Moderated By Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, John Parke Young Chair in Global Political Economy
Speakers and Panelists Include:

  • Jan Walliser, Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank
  • Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, Minister of Finance of Georgia
  • Minister Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, Minister of Finance of Afghanistan
  • Fernando Galindo Favela, Undersecretary of Expenses in Mexico
  • Manal Fouad, Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF
  • Mary Beth Goodman, former special assistant to President Obama
  • Ian Gary, Director, Accountable Development Finance, Oxfam America
  • Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, International Budget Partnership
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London, U.K.

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February 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, United Kingdom SW1P 3EE
Speakers and Panelists Include:

  • Minister Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development
  • Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, Minister of Finance of Georgia
  • Khalil Payenda, Deputy Minister of Finance of Afghanistan
  • Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General of CIVICUS
  • Alta Fölscher, Principal Consultant, Mokoro
  • Giulia Pellegrini, Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Markets Debt team at BlackRock and Director of Research for Frontier Markets
  • Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy, International Budget Partnership
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