Countries around the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by expending trillions of dollars to support their economies and provide relief to their populations, but a key challenge is ensuring that funds contribute to recovery and reach intended beneficiaries. Collaborations between supreme audit institutions and civil society groups can monitor government spending and ensure effective and lawful use of funds, improvement in public service delivery and response to disasters.
This is the third and final post in a series on the budget analysis and advocacy learning journey of IBP’s civil society partner, Social Justice in Cote d’Ivoire. The first part focuses on the partnership between IBP and Social Justice and how they started their budget analysis journey.
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 ?
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.
This is part two of a three-part series on the budget analysis and advocacy learning journey of IBP’s civil society partner, Social Justice in Cote d’Ivoire. The first part focuses on the partnership between IBP and Social Justice and how they started their budget analysis journey.
Il s'agit de la deuxième partie d'une série en trois parties sur l'analyse budgétaire et le parcours d'apprentissage du plaidoyer du partenaire de la société civile de l'IBP, Social Justice, en Côte d'Ivoire. La première partie est disponible ici. Les défis de...
This is part one of a three-part series on the budget analysis and advocacy learning journey of IBP’s civil society partner, Social Justice in Cote d’Ivoire. The first part focuses on the partnership between IBP and Social Justice and how they started their budget analysis journey.
Il s’agit de la deuxième partie d’une série en trois parties sur l’analyse budgétaire et le parcours d’apprentissage du plaidoyer du partenaire de la société civile de l’IBP, Social Justice, en Côte d’Ivoire.
This blog explores the Indian state government’s intent to recognize women as workers and to present policy measures to advance this shift and include them in the paid economy.
Understanding the role of citizens in promoting equitable taxation: A peek at upcoming IBP publications
This blog introduces new resources IBP has developed as part of our Tax Equity Initiative to help civic actors deepen their engagement with tax reform and learn from each other.
In this post, Matthew Cummins of UNICEF, explores the impacts of COVID-19 on children and how open budgets can be an effective tool in creating a better future for our children and their families.
How persistence, proactiveness, partnership and social media bridged the access to information gap in Mombasa
Kenya has a firm legal and regulatory framework governing access to information. The Constitution of Kenya, 2010, Article 35, further elaborated by the Access to Information Act 2016, guarantees citizens the right to access information. Section 7(3) of PFM...
This blog explores a handful, but possibly growing, number of occasions where citizens have used the courts to challenge tax policy. Traditionally, it has been difficult, if not impossible, for public interest groups to press their tax policy claims in court.
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.
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.
This post, authored by Paul Steele of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), explores their report on a new form of debt swaps that could provide developing countries with an opportunity for a green post-COVID-19 recovery that would also help reduce poverty.
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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the most vulnerable people in India have been particularly hard-hit and face challenges accessing relief programs. This post tells the story of Ranjitha – a Dalit woman who has sparked hope by leading relief distribution efforts in her community.
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.
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.