Managing COVID Funds: Senegal

Aug 31, 2021

This advocacy memo aims at analyzing and making recommendations on improving the level of transparency and credibility in the implementation of the “Force Covid-19” fund. It highlights the availability of data and information on the main fiscal measures in response to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. The idea is therefore to show how the government can improve transparency and accountability practices as the COVID crisis continues.

Managing COVID Funds: Nepal

Aug 31, 2021

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.

Managing COVID Funds: Gambia

Aug 30, 2021

Civil society partners across 120 countries worked with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) to undertake a rapid assessment of “emergency fiscal policy packages” from March to September 2020. This resulted in new approaches to policy initiatives like the stimulus package adopted in Gambia, aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 emergency. The goal of this assessment is to identify how countries can improve both during and after the crisis.

To contract or not to contract: Thinking through narratives of tax and spend

By Jason Lakin, Aug 13, 2021

One narrative about tax policy has dominated recent thinking among development partners, academics, and advocates: tax as part of a “social contract” between citizens and the state. This paper argues that the social contract approach is too tidy and that ultimately, narrative pluralism, which allows advocates to draw on alternatives, such as “services first” or “fairness first” approaches, is preferable to an overreliance on the social contract narrative alone.

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

Jul 29, 2021

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.

COVID-19: Assessment of Budget Data Availability in Nigeria

Jul 26, 2021

This document provides an overview of the government’s fiscal policy responses and data sources for tracking their implementation at the federal and state government level which together comprise the majority of the total government expenditure.

Budget Credibility in Response to Covid-19 in Indonesia

Jul 26, 2021

This policy note looks at the implementation of the Indonesian government’s fiscal response to COVID-19, The aspect assessed including the transparency of reporting about public spending in response to COVID 19 and whether the government implemented their COVID-19 budget as it was announced.

Transparency and Accountability of the COVID Fiscal Response in Ghana

Jul 26, 2021

How much of the announced COVID response fiscal policies did the government implement as planned? This note looks at the available data on spending to track how well the government reported on its spending in response to COVID, as well as whether the reported numbers are in line with the policies the government announced in July 2020.

Fiscal Discipline: Are national and county governments adhering to budget ceilings?

Jun 04, 2021

This study highlights whether national and county governments have been able to adhere to all the budget ceilings set out in Kenya’s fiscal laws and looks for any sanctions that are provided in cases where the budget conditions are not followed. It also explores why some counties complied with the fiscal rules set out in the Public Finance Management Act 2012 – and others did not.