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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.

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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Our money, our responsibility: how civil society can follow the COVID-19 money trail

Our money, our responsibility: how civil society can follow the COVID-19 money trail

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.

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Making trillion-dollar stimulus and safety nets work for all: essential steps we can take now

Making trillion-dollar stimulus and safety nets work for all: essential steps we can take now

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.

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As our countries confront the pandemic, governments must review and eliminate tax privileges

As our countries confront the pandemic, governments must review and eliminate tax privileges

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.

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Twelve years of transparency: How EITI implementing countries are progressing in the Open Budget Survey

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).

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Role of the legislature in formulating and monitoring the budget during the COVID-19 pandemic: examples from Latin America

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.

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Using data for social good: transparency of public finances is vital

Using data for social good: transparency of public finances is vital

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.

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Política fiscal y derechos económicos y sociales en tiempos de crisis: reflexiones sobre la respuesta de Argentina

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.

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