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The Open Budgets Blog features the opinions of the International Budget Partnership’s staff and associates on government budgets, poverty reduction, budget transparency and citizen participation.

Du défi au plaidoyer : comment Social Justice Côte d’Ivoire met les enfants au cœur du budget

Du défi au plaidoyer : comment Social Justice Côte d’Ivoire met les enfants au cœur du budget

Le bruit court. Les conversations sur les réseaux sociaux sur YouTube, les webinaires avec des journalistes et des blogueurs et des réunions avec des hauts fonctionnaires de l’Etat étaient tous axés sur la question des cantines scolaires en Côte d’Ivoire. Le Ministre du Budget a reconnu la nécessité d’améliorer le financement et la reddition de compte sur les cantines qui contribuent à maintenir les enfants à l’école. Comment en sommes-nous arrivés là ?

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Cash Transfer Programs as a Safety Net during COVID-19: The good and the bad

Cash Transfer Programs as a Safety Net during COVID-19: The good and the bad

Social protection policies play a fundamental role in sustaining minimum living conditions for the most vulnerable, and during COVID-19, an increasing number of countries are adopting specific social protection measures to counteract the economic impact of the pandemic. This blog explores five of the many issues around cash transfer programs that we hope to explore further as an organization and alongside our Learning Network partners.

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Citizens, Civil Society and Auditors: COVID-19 requires an “ecosystem” approach to accountability

Citizens, Civil Society and Auditors: COVID-19 requires an “ecosystem” approach to accountability

During the COVID-19 crisis, governments are taking the necessary steps to save lives and prevent families from falling into poverty and hardship in the short term, however, it is likely that funds meant to strengthen public health infrastructure and reach vulnerable groups will be mismanaged. This is an opportunity for public auditors to ensure that public money is well spent during and after the crisis.

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As COVID-19 spreads, CSOs argue that government budgets should address inequality and discrimination

As COVID-19 spreads, CSOs argue that government budgets should address inequality and discrimination

“We are all in this together”—or, at least that was the message early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus does not discriminate and anyone can catch it. However, it did not take long for it to become obvious that this was far from reality in a story that is still unfolding.

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ASHA workers lead the way in the fight against COVID-19

ASHA workers lead the way in the fight against COVID-19

Accredited Social Health Activists, commonly referred to as ASHA workers in India, have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading the charge to ensure the most vulnerable community members get the resources they need. This blog tells the story of one of those workers, Kalpana, who has emerged as a community health advocate in her village.

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Blind Budgets: How governments hide the impact of fiscal policies on poverty and inequality (and what they could do instead)

Blind Budgets: How governments hide the impact of fiscal policies on poverty and inequality (and what they could do instead)

One of the key questions ordinary citizens ask about government budgets is “how will it affect me?” This is even more relevant during times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, when poverty and inequality worsen, and governments are called on to provide assistance to those most in need.

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Budget analysis and advocacy is a vital step in defunding police and instituting needed reforms of justice systems world-wide

Budget analysis and advocacy is a vital step in defunding police and instituting needed reforms of justice systems world-wide

The murder of George Floyd by police officers in the United States sparked waves of Black Lives Matter protests across the country and around the world. Rising out of the movement came a call, one with a specific budget emphasis: Defund the Police. In order to understand what this means and how we can reform policing and institute change, budget analysis and advocacy is a necessary step.

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A new social contract for a post-pandemic world

A new social contract for a post-pandemic world

The COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity for civic actors to push governments in the direction of realizing more equitable and inclusive societies. However, realizing that vision will mean a new social contract between citizens and governments – one that benefits everyone, rather than a privileged few.

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