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.
This blog explores how Benin – which now ranks as the most transparent country in Francophone Africa on the Open Budget Index (OBI) – has expanded fiscal transparency, inclusiveness and accountability in recent years.
Le Bénin en tant que leader régional : accroître la transparence et l’inclusion fiscales en temps de crise
Cet article est également disponible en anglais. Alors que la pandémie de la COVID-19 continue de bouleverser la vie quotidienne dans le monde entier, les gouvernements se sont empressés d'utiliser tous les outils fiscaux possibles pour protéger la santé et les moyens...
Using the Open Budget Survey results to promote change: A conversation with the government reviewer for Indonesia
In a recent interview with IBP’s Cosette Highfill, IGA Krisna Murti RS — the most recent OBS government reviewer for Indonesia — reflected on how the government used the OBS and input from civil society to help spur change.
Fiscal transparency is critical as business and government look to rebuild economies across the globe. The case made for ‘open’ government budget systems often emphasizes the benefits to citizens and society, but open budgets are good for business, too.
In the past few months, governments have announced billions of dollars in emergency spending to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and civil society groups have been encouraged to “follow the money.” This blog explores how groups can follow the COVID-19 money trail.
Ensuring that the huge sums of money headed for stimulus and safety net packages achieve their tremendous promise and the imperative of saving lives and livelihoods calls for mutually reinforcing actions by government, civil society, business associations, accountability institutions and international donors.
This blog explores national government budget data in 94 countries from detailed reports issued by the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) program to better understand the large discrepancies between what a government budgets for and what it actually spends.
When civil society organizations and audit institutions collaborate, governments are more accountable. But the collaboration took a long time to evolve. Read how it happened.
Today, in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, IBP is launching a joint statement asking all Governments and Parliaments across Latin America to make all existing tax expenditures transparent, to review and eliminate those that provide unjustified and inequitable tax privileges and to redistribute the tax burden onto the wealthiest sectors of the population and those who can afford to pay more.
Twelve years of transparency: How EITI implementing countries are progressing in the Open Budget Survey
Resource-dependent countries face many obstacles in adhering to principles of good extractives governance, including corruption and mismanagement. Enhanced fiscal transparency is vital for addressing these challenges. It is a goal shared by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the International Budget Partnership (IBP).
A lack of transparency and fragmented systems for managing and reporting on government debt has left many lower income countries over-indebted and ill-prepared to finance necessary pandemic containment and mitigation measures.
How can civil society help to shift popular perceptions of taxation and move the political needle on reforms? To get to tax systems that are more equitable, it’s time to build broad coalitions in support of progressive tax reforms.
A goal of IBP is to develop new youth leaders. Here, we tell the story of how one young woman defied her “untouchable” status to help her community.
Rol de los Poderes Legislativos en la asignación y control presupuestario en el marco de la pandemia de COVID-19: ejemplos de América Latina
¿Cómo ha cambiado el rol de los Poderes Legislativos en America Latina con respecto a la asignación, reasignación y control de recursos durante la pandemia de COVID-19? Directorio Legislativo y IBP analizan esta cuestión en siete países en la región.
Role of the legislature in formulating and monitoring the budget during the COVID-19 pandemic: examples from Latin America
Since the start of the pandemic, governments in Latin America and the world have allocated enormous amounts of resources to confront the health, economic and social impacts. While rapid responses to address the crisis are imperative, the transparency, oversight and accountability of these processes cannot be neglected.
Protesters around the world want reforms in how communities are policed and how much is spent on policing. To be successful, companion budget reforms are needed.
As part of their COVID-19 response, governments everywhere are reprioritizing resources and implementing new fiscal measures. Throughout this process, we expect them to inform the public by reporting on and justifying changes made to the budget. But do we have reason to be concerned that this may not happen? Probably.
As emergency funds to address COVID-19 flow into countries across the globe, it is more critical than ever that civic organizations and communities can access information and opportunities to ensure public policies and programs serve those most in need.
Política fiscal y derechos económicos y sociales en tiempos de crisis: reflexiones sobre la respuesta de Argentina
El desarrollo de la crisis global por el contagio del COVID-19 y las necesarias medidas de distanciamiento social para frenar su avance, pusieron a la política fiscal y las decisiones presupuestarias en el centro del debate público. Ello es así porque se trata de la principal herramienta que tienen los Estados para contar con recursos suficientes para responder a la crisis.