The International Budget Partnership, in collaboration with the Maternal Health Task Force, produced this paper as part of the Ask Your Government! Initiative. It provides an overview of how civil society groups and citizens can use independent budget analysis to hold their governments accountable for pledges made under the United Nations Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. While the document focuses on those commitments that relate to maternal health it hopes to contribute to the accountability efforts of the child health community.
By Peter Spink (Center for Studies in Public Management and Government and the Getuilio Vargas Foundation School of Business Administration).
When a coalition of civil society organizations began to pry into the finances of Brazil’s powerful national development bank, it challenged the status quo and advanced the call for a more transparent, balanced, and democratic economic policy.
The one page summary, short summary, and full version of this case study are available in English. The short summary case study is available in French and Spanish.
December 2016 | by Jason Lakin, Ph.D., IBP Kenya
Since 2010, Kenya has confronted a number of policy decisions related to how to share resources, including the revenue sharing formula that distributes funds among the 47 counties. While there has been some discussion of these choices, there has been little discussion of how the public in Kenya thinks about fairness. Indeed, there appears to be almost no empirical evidence about Kenyan views on principles of equity.
To begin to generate this evidence, IBP Kenya sponsored a national survey that used simple scenarios about sharing resources designed to trigger views of fairness indirectly.
This paper describes the survey scenarios used to capture attitudes of fairness and finds that, on average, Kenyans responded in ways that are consistent with widely shared principles of fairness.
- Attitudes of Kenyans to The National & County Budget Making Process: Comprehensive Survey Report
In August 2016, IBP Kenya worked with Infotrak Research & Consulting, a Kenyan survey research firm, to carry out a national survey of Kenyan attitudes on issues related to the national and county budget process. Part of the survey focused on sectors and sector preferences to find out which sectors are most important to Kenyans and how much they know about sector spending. To gather empirical evidence about Kenyan views on principles of equity, the survey also included a set of simple scenarios about sharing resources and questions designed to trigger views of fairness indirectly.
by the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies | December 2015
The Thematic Budget Implementation Guidelines are used by the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies (INESC) to monitor public budgets considering specific aspects such as the perspective of rights holders, human rights and cross-cutting policies.
This publication provides detailed guidance on how to implement the Thematic Budget and is intended for use by social movements and organizations interested in using public budget monitoring as a social participation and advocacy tool in different situations, but also by teachers, students, and other parties interested in promoting more transparent societies and governments.
November 2015 | A collaboration between the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU), and the International Budget Partnership
A social audit is a community-led process that facilitates public participation in the monitoring of government service delivery and expenditure.
This guide is for community activists and organized civil society interested in conducting social audits in South Africa. It aims to help these groups think about, conduct, and reflect on social audits. The guide may also be of use to other stakeholders (such as government) that want to better understand a process they may be requested to participate in.
The guide can be used by civil society organizations wishing to conduct a social audit, or adapted to train community members or civil society organizations on the social audit methodology. It can also be given to government officials or independent observers when requesting their participation in a social audit process.
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