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OBS Launch: Ghana

August 11, 2022
12:00 am – 12:00 am

Our Ghana office launched its Open Budget Survey results in partnership with SEND GHANA West Africa. Read details and download Ghana’s country results.

The launch featured presentations from representatives from the Ministry of Finance and the Auditor General’s office. Godson Aloryito, IBP’s Program Officer in Ghana, shared the OBS 2021 results & recommendations. Dr. Alex Amankwa-Poku, Head, Budget Development & Reforms from the Ministry of Finance shared the ministry’s strategy to deepen transparency and accountability. Mr. Lawrence Ayagiba, Dep Auditor-General, shared insights on improving the oversight function of the Audit Service.

During the launch, the Ministry of Finance made commitments to resume and broaden the scope of in-person consultation with civil society organizations during budget formulation,  and pilot mechanisms for citizens’ feedback during budget implementation. Ghana’s Audit service also committed to partner with civil society to disseminate audit findings for citizens,  to demand accountability from duty-bearers, and work with the media and civil society to popularize the use of the Citizenseye App to report and rate public services.

Speakers
Moderators

Adelaide Nunoo

Senior Programme Officer, Tax Equity, International Budget Partnership

Adelaide joined IBP in 2024 as a Senior Programme officer with the Tax Equity Project in Ghana.

Before joining IBP, Adelaide worked as an Advisor with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on various public finance programmes in Ghana namely the Good Financial Governance Programme, Governance for Inclusive Development Programme and the Participation, Accountability and Integrity for a Resilient Democracy Programme. She has over 6 years experience designing and implementing robust strategies with civil society organizations (CSOs), academia, government institutions and international organizations on various tax reform topics including gender and taxation, green taxation, tax equity, international tax, informal sector taxation, collaboration between national and local level tax authorities among others. She also served as the Coordinator for the Domestic Resource Mobilization Development Partner Working Group and is interested in encouraging multistakeholder engagement to achieve shared goals in an efficient and effective manner. In addition to her work in development cooperation, Adelaide has held positions in the private sector and public sector.

She holds a B.A. in Economics with a French minor from the University of Virginia and is pursuing an Msc. in Development Finance at the University of Ghana Business School.

Lauren Letizia

Institutional Giving Intern, International Budget Partnership

Lauren joined IBP in June 2024 as an intern for Institutional Giving. She is attending the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she will be graduating with a MA in European Studies in May 2025. Lauren has received a BA in History from Gettysburg College, and first became interested in non-profit work and international organizations through her experience studying in Kigali, Rwanda.

Regina Navuga

Tax Manager, Africa, International Budget Partnership
Regina Navuga has recently ( May 2024) joined IBP as the Tax Manager, Africa. She is a policy analyst working on tax justice and related issues. She has more than eight years’ experience of project implementation and management with proven capacity in revenue mobilisation and accountability at sub national, national, regional and global level specifically in the areas of; policy analysis and advocacy and strategic stakeholder engagement, media advocacy and campaigns, capacity building, working with local governments and citizens’ platforms. She has authored and contributed to a number of policy oriented and diverse knowledge products on tax and related issues.
Since 2019, she was the Programme Coordinator, Financing for Development Programme at Southern and Eastern Africa Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI-Uganda), an organisation working to influence trade, investment and fiscal policies and practices to work for the people. She represented the organisation in a number of fora at the national, regional and international level and held various positions on behalf of the organisation including; chairing the East African Tax and Governance Network; a member of the steering Committee-Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas; a civil society proxy member on the Uganda-Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group; coordinating activities and mobilising CSOs under the Tax Justice Alliance Uganda to undertake strategic campaigns in the quest for tax justice.

Yinka Babalola

Country Manager, Nigeria, International Budget Partnership

Yinka Babalola joined IBP in February 2024 as the Country Manager for Nigeria. She is an economist with many years of experience in policy making support in the areas of Public Financial Management and Fiscal Policy as well as Macroeconomic Analysis. She previously worked with the Nigerian government as an adviser at the Budget Office of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Finance. Yinka also consulted with several international development agencies including UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Yinka has a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria as well as an MSc in Development Economics and a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. In her last role, she was the Special Adviser on Fiscal and Macroeconomic Policy to the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning in Nigeria. Yinka loves to read books, watch TV and movies in her down time and is also learning French and to play the viola.

Hellen Massawe

Senior Program Officer, Tax Equity , International Budget Partnership

Hellen joined IBP in 2024 as the Senior Program Officer for the Tax Equity Project in Tanzania. She supports pushing for equity in tax practices and reforms through civic engagements. Hellen has a profound understanding of Tanzania’s tax structures and systems, community engagement, coalition building and program development. Prior to join IBP, Hellen has worked with Policy Forum coordinating the Tax Justice Working Group that consists of CSOs as well as managing the implementation of tax projects. To mention a few; the Scaling up Tax (SCUT) supported by Tax Justice Network Africa, Strengthening Tanzanian Civil Society’s Role in Tax Justice supported by the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) and Breaking Barriers, Tax Justice, and Gender Responsive Public Services (2019) supported by NORAD. Hellen Holds a master’s degree in research and public policy from the University of Dar es Salaam and Fundamentals on Social Accountability from the Rhodes University, South Africa. She is passionate about Citizen’s empowerment and social movements that drive equitable policies.

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.

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