Upholding commitments: How supreme audit institutions can strengthen budget credibility through external audits

Upholding commitments: How supreme audit institutions can strengthen budget credibility through external audits

We rely on our national budget to provide a roadmap to effective service delivery and the achievement of long-term national objectives. But how do we know that the government is indeed collecting and spending funds according to this approved plan? In other words, how do we determine that these budgets are “credible”? Download the brief.

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Hits and misses: Budget credibility in the context of COVID-19 in Kenya

Hits and misses: Budget credibility in the context of COVID-19 in Kenya

This study takes a first look at how the Kenyan government’s fiscal response to COVID-19 was implemented, especially in the first months of the pandemic covering the financial year 2019/20. In doing so, we hope to understand how the government’s capacity to spend its approved budget was affected by the crisis, especially in sectors that were critical to addressing the pandemic, such as health and social protection.

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Managing COVID Funds: Nepal

Managing COVID Funds: Nepal

Civil society partners across 120 countries, including Nepal, worked with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) to undertake a rapid assessment of emergency fiscal policy packages in the period from March 2020 to September 2020. The policy initiatives, such as the “Health Care, Business Support and Job Creation measures in the Budget Speech of Fiscal Year 2020-21” adopted in Nepal, aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 emergency. Our goal was not merely to assess how governments fared, but also to generate lessons on how they can respond better, both to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and to future crises. Read the report.