Open Budget Survey 2021

May 30, 2022

The Open Budget Survey is the world’s only comparative, independent, and regular assessment of transparency, oversight and participation in national budgets in 120 countries.

Francophone Africa: Open Budget Survey 2021

May 30, 2022

This brief focuses on the Open Budget Survey performance of a number of countries in Francophone Africa, where Benin is a leader in budget transparency although some of its neighbors are struggling to make progress. Several coups and other governance challenges have threatened progress in the region.


Mexico: Budget Credibility and the Sustainable Development Goals

May 20, 2022

The advancement towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an important priority for the Mexican government – at least on paper. Although multiple tools and strategies have been implemented to continue prioritizing SDGs on the public agenda, public attention is more centered towards programs aimed at reducing inequalities, poverty and fighting corruption.

Mexico: Budget Credibility and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Kenya County Budget Transparency Survey 2021

May 12, 2022

The Kenya County Budget Transparency Survey 2021 has shown an improvement in overall county transparency by two points compared to the previous survey moving from 33 to 35 points. However, this score shows that citizens still have limited access to information on their county budgets, hampering their participation in the development and monitoring of service delivery through public budgets. Read the full report for detailed findings.

The Kenya Country Budget Transparency Survey 2021

Climate Finance Accountability Synthesis Report

May 12, 2022

This report synthesizes lessons learned from a two-year pilot project on what needs to be done to ensure that climate finance is used responsively and accountably to mitigate the worst effects of climate change on poor and marginalized groups. The purpose of this study was to draw out insights and learning from the project to deepen knowledge of climate finance accountability ecosystems for the organizations involved and the broader field.

Climate Finance Accountability CFA synthesis report

Assessing Public Finance Management Issues in the Post-matric Scholarship Scheme for Scheduled Castes

Mar 09, 2022

The goal of this discussion paper is to analyse the guidelines and budget of the Post-Matric Scholarship – Scheduled Castes scheme to identify the issues hindering its implementation, and to suggest policy measures to overcome these hurdles. To this end, the key objectives of this note are to: identify the issues encumbering the Post-Matric Scholarship – Scheduled Castes scheme; assess how the new guidelines and recent decisions by the Union Government address the scheme’s fiscal and implementation challenges; study the scheme’s design and identify issues in terms of the fund-sharing pattern, planning and fund flow; assess public finance management issues in the scheme in terms of budgetary adequacy and expenditure.
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PMS discussion paper final

India’s Policy Response to COVID-19: A Reality Check focusing on Dalits and Adivasis

Mar 09, 2022

This paper assesses the Union Government’s policy response and attempts to analyse i) how much of the financial packages announced by the Union Government, at different points of time since the pandemic began, involve direct government spending; ii) of the total spending that has a direct fiscal impact how much is meant for protection as well as generation of livelihood and earnings of the poor, including for Dalits and Adivasis; and iii) what the coverage and accessibility of the measures are and whether, if at all, they were inclusive.

India's Policy Response to COVID-19: A Reality Check focusing on and 2021 Dalits Adivasis

Training Programme on Budget Advocacy for the Post-Matric Scholarship for Scheduled Castes

Mar 09, 2022

This training module is a resource and a guide for facilitators to deliver a training programs on budget advocacy. The focus of this training is advocacy of the Post-Matric Scholarship for Scheduled Caste students (PMS-SC), a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS). The training program introduces basic budget concepts, processes and institutions, and locates PMS-SC within this framework. It covers the planning, budgeting and implementation processes for the PMS-SC scheme; budget tracking and analysis for the same; and analysis of the Schedule Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP). Finally, it focuses on how this knowledge base can be used for advocacy.

SPARK India budget training materials

COVID Brief: Transparency and Accountability of the COVID Fiscal Response in Burkina Faso

Mar 09, 2022

Civil society partners across 120 countries worked with 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 Togo, 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.

COVID Brief Burkina Faso (English)