Headwinds and Tailwinds: Navigating Budgets in Turbulent Times

Launch of the Open Budget Survey 2023
May 29, 2024
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm GMT

Virtual Event

The International Budget Partnership launched the 2023 Open Budget Survey report – the only independent, comparative, and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world – at a virtual public event. This latest survey marks our largest round ever—with 125 countries assessed. As conversations around climate financing, debt and other key issues loom large, the budget process is an essential space for governments to engage their people in critical decisions they are making around how to raise and spend public money. 

Our launch presents a unique opportunity to showcase key findings from the survey and concrete paths to make budget processes more inclusive and accountable to everyday people. It features remarks from leading government reform champions and civil society leaders. Speakers present their experiences advancing greater accountability in their country’s budget processes and share lessons for others on a path to reform.

To learn more visit the Open Budget Survey

Speakers

Austin Ndiokwelu

Director of Policy and Global Advocacy, International Budget Partnership

Austin joined the International Budget Partnership in June 2018 and previously served as the Country Manager for Nigeria and the Head of the Africa tax equity initiative. Prior to joining IBP, Austin worked with DFID’s (now FCDO) flagship governance reform and public sector accountability program in Nigeria (Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn, or PERL), where he served as Federal Reform Manager. Austin managed the team that facilitated improvements in the linkages between policy-making, strategic planning, budgeting, and service delivery, and contributed to strengthening inter-governmental coordination between the federal and state governments. Previously, he was the Component Manager for Public Finance Management in FCDO’s Federal Public Administration Reform Program (FEPAR), where he supported budget reforms initiated by Office of the Vice President. Austin was involved in the successful transition from the predecessor SPARC/SAVI/FEPAR suite of FCDO programs to the PERL suite.

Austin’s roots are in civil society, working with the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) in Lagos state, where he managed a small core team and over 3,000 volunteers. He was instrumental to the emergence of civil society networks and coalitions on accountable governance at the state and local government levels. He founded and edited the Budget-Track Newsletter between 2006 and 2008.

Austin holds an MA in Public Policy and Management from the University of York, United Kingdom. He has a Postgraduate Diploma from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, as well as a B.Sc. from University of Jos – all in Nigeria. He is also a certified Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessor.

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Minister of Finance, Indonesia

Sri Mulyani Indrawati earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Indonesia (1986). She then continued her studies in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States and earned her Ph.D. in Economics (1992).

As a specialist in public finance, fiscal policy and labor economics, she was chosen as the Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund from 2002 to 2004. In October 2004, she received her first cabinet appointment as Indonesia’s Minister of Development Planning. In December 2005, she started new post as the Minister of Finance. She was then appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the World Bank in June 2010. In July 2016, she came back to Indonesian public service as Minister of Finance. In February 2018, she was awarded as the “Best Minister in the World” at the World Government Summit in Dubai. On October 23, 2019, Sri Mulyani Indrawati was reappointed as Minister of Finance in the second term cabinet of President Joko Widodo. In October 2020, she received an award from the Global Markets magazine as the Finance Minister of the Year for East Asia Pacific in recognition of her efforts in handling COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia.

Karim Trabelsi

Economic Expert, General Labour Union of Tunisia

Karim Trabelsi is an Economic Expert at the General Labour Union of Tunisia (UGTT). The Tunisian General Labour Union is a national trade union center in Tunisia. It has a membership of more than one million and was founded January 20, 1946. The UGTT is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation and the Arab Trade Union Confederation.

Lysa John

Secretary General, CIVICUS Alliance

Lysa is Secretary-General of CIVICUS and has championed human rights and international mobilisation for two decades. She started her career working for grassroots organisations fighting to end urban poverty in India, and subsequently spearheaded trans-national campaigns calling for government accountability. Before joining CIVICUS, she worked as Head of Outreach for the UN High-Level Panel that drafted the blueprint for the Sustainable Development Goals, and as Global Campaigns Director at Save the Children. These roles have shaped a deep interest in and understanding of grassroots-to-global activism, which continues to drive and inform her work.

Moderators

Ana Patricia Muñoz

Executive Director, International Budget Partnership

Ana Patricia Muñoz joined the International Budget Partnership as Executive Director in 2023. Previously, she was the Executive Director of FARO, non-partisan Ecuadorian think tank that generates research and implements initiatives to influence public policy and build a more equitable, just, and sustainable society.  

As a trilingual economist that has lived in three countries, Ana Patricia brings strong technical knowledge to work on budgets and fiscal accountability. Her work has mainly focused on reducing inequality.

She spent a decade at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where she rose through the ranks to become Assistant Vice President. She was one of the youngest people— and the second Latina— in this position. During this time, she spearheaded ground-breaking research and produced a seminal report on the racial wealth gap, which has had huge impact. She also played a pivotal role in bringing diverse sectors together—from local housing advocates to private banks—to reduce the number of foreclosures in the city during the 2008 financial crisis.

Ana Patricia has written more than 20 research reports, book chapters, and articles published in academic journals. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Brown University, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

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