About Us

We are the world’s leading nonprofit organization promoting more responsible, effective, and equitable management of public money. We partner globally with civil society, community organizers, government champions, and budget analysts. Together, we generate data, advocate for reform, and build the skills and knowledge of people so that everyone can have a voice in budget decisions that impact their lives.

For 25 years, we have worked to build a community of people who leverage budgets to drive change. Check out our timeline charting 25 years of impact.

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Mary Afan, president of the Smallholder Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON), speaks to women farmers about leveraging budget advocacy to improve their livelihoods.
Mary Afan, president of the Smallholder Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON), speaks to women farmers about leveraging budget advocacy to improve their livelihoods.


The public budget is an expression of societal values. We believe in a world in which:

  1. Citizens claim the right to understand and influence how public money is raised and spent.
  2. Systematically excluded communities can meaningfully engage and inform public budget processes.

How we achieve it

We work to make public budget systems more open and accountable by:

  1. Collaborating with citizens, grassroots movements, and others within countries to achieve measurable improvements in public spending, tax and services.
  2. Producing analysis on country public finance systems, processes and policies.
  3. Engaging international institutions and government officials to promote improved budget and revenue systems, practices and policies.

Open Budgets. Transform Lives.

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Join us as we:
  1. Empower citizens – especially those from marginalized groups – to influence public budget processes and policies that affect their lives.
  2. Promote greater budget transparency and opportunities for citizen participation in budgets.
  3. Advocate for budget policies that are based on fair taxation, improve service delivery, and decrease poverty.

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Governments are the stewards, not the owners, of public funds — including those that are derived from natural resources and foreign assistance. Thus, we believe that they are obliged to strive for the highest standards of transparency and must be held accountable for their actions by the people who pay their salaries. Likewise, we hold ourselves accountable to our partners, donors and other stakeholders, and deliver on our commitments in a transparent manner.

Competition and rivalry, either internal or external, undermine creative solutions to the problems that we are working to address. To fulfill our mission, we need to engage with a broad range of external actors, while fostering collaboration among IBP staff, all of which requires flexibility. We approach all of our engagements with partners and other stakeholders — as well as with each other — respectfully, working with them as peers to achieve our goals. We value the voices of our partners, provide spaces for them to be heard, and strive to promote their voices and messages at every available opportunity. We see ourselves as consensus builders who are strong but reasonable, and passionate yet humble.

Consistent with our demand that governments be open, honest and accountable to their citizens, we embrace openness and honesty in all aspects of our work. We strive to ensure that the ways in which we work and the kinds of work that we engage in are consistent with our mission, goals, and values. Since our ultimate goals are to improve governance and reduce poverty, value for money and environmental sustainability are critical to our integrity. Thus, we are committed to using our financial resources wisely and prudently for activities that generate value and impact, as well as being mindful of the environmental impact of our operations.
We are committed to professionalism and hard work, and we have a passion for getting the work done and achieving our goals. We hold our work to the highest standards, by drawing on the expertise of our staff, partners, and others, as well as the latest research and good practice in the field. We encourage continuous learning among both our partners and our staff so that they can develop their knowledge and skills, grow professionally, and excel in their work.

As a global organization in composition and vision, IBP encourages a culture of empowerment and equity of our staff and our partners. We seek to dismantle all forms of exclusion and marginalization and embrace intersectionality – in our internal policies and practices, as well as programs. Recognizing the dignity of our staff, partners and the communities we serve is central to our growth as an organization and the change we seek in the world.

Como organización global en composición y visión, IBP fomenta una cultura de empoderamiento y equidad para nuestro personal y nuestros socios. Buscamos desmantelar todas las formas de exclusión y marginación y abrazar la interseccionalidad, en nuestras políticas y prácticas internas, así como en nuestros programas. Reconocer la dignidad de nuestro personal, socios y las comunidades a las que servimos es fundamental para nuestro crecimiento como organización y como el cambio que queremos ver en el mundo.

En tant qu’organisation mondiale dans sa composition et sa vision, IBP encourage une culture d’autonomisation et d’équité de notre personnel et de nos partenaires. Nous cherchons à démanteler toutes les formes d’exclusion et de marginalisation et à adopter l’intersectionnalité dans nos politiques et pratiques internes, ainsi que dans nos programmes. Reconnaître la dignité de notre personnel, de nos partenaires et des communautés que nous servons est au cœur de notre croissance en tant qu’organisation et du changement que nous recherchons dans le monde.

For us, this means that all people have the right to participate in public decision-making processes that affect their lives and to access the information that empowers them to participate meaningfully. Critical to democracy is active citizenship, which envisions citizens who are empowered both individually and collectively to advocate for change. Since rights are universal, we embrace diversity by working across a wide range of countries with different cultures and contexts. Our commitment to diversity is also reflected in the composition of our staff. The diverse backgrounds and points of view of our staff enrich our organization and our work. These values drive us to focus on strategies that we believe will improve the lives of all people, particularly the poor and marginalized.
While we always seek ways to build bridges and establish connections, these bridges and connections are not made at the expense of our independence. Our strategies and our advocacy are evidence-based, and the strength of our work derives from independent, uncompromised research as well as thoughtful analysis.
We strive to cultivate an environment of learning within IBP to ensure that it is an effective organization. To this end, we document our work and its impact, provide spaces to critically evaluate our efforts, and regularly integrate those lessons into our strategies and operations. We endeavor to understand and document our successes and failures and use both as opportunities to learn about ourselves and our work.
We take the problems that we are tackling seriously, but this seriousness does not equal a lack of hope. We believe that we can make a difference in the way that governments operate, and ultimately, in people’s lives, by working for budget transparency, participation, and accountability. We believe that there is room to enjoy the relationships that we develop through our work and to approach challenges with a positive attitude. Optimism, joy, and a sense of humor are important creative forces that allow us to continue pushing for change.
As the major economic actor in society, governments make decisions on how to raise and spend public resources that determine how wealth, opportunity and privilege are distributed in society. We recognize that too often these choices reinforce inequities and disproportionately impact those who are systematically excluded due to income, gender, race and other factors. We believe that budget policies should be used to correct these imbalances and ensure that all individuals are able to thrive. We are committed to working with our partners to ensure that all people, and marginalized communities in particular, are able to shape budget decisions that affect their lives, and help advance justice and equity.