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Network Learnings

We work with civil society partners in over 120 countries, and leverage our multi-stakeholder network of international institutions, donors, the private sector and state actors, to ensure all people, especially in underserved communities, understand and have the right to influence how public money is raised and spent.

Women farmers from 8 districts in Northern Ghana form groups to discuss issues and their experiences around the fertilizer subsidies during a meeting aimed at mainstreaming gender in agriculture policy making.
Anna from PELUM association in Tanzania helps local women understand why budgets are important in land use management.

Our Learning

To respond to the ever-changing field of budget work and the needs of our partners, we embed learning across the organization, through our programs and partnerships. This learning approach requires asking ourselves and our partners difficult questions:
  • What are the barriers to transformational societal change and how can we address them effectively?
  • What do our successes and challenges tell us about how to adapt our strategies?
  • How did we work with our partners and allies to contribute to positive change and how can we sustain those advances?
IBP’s approach to learning is multi-faceted – from frontline action to organizational strategy. We seek to balance rigorous assessment and learning with practical and strategic application of evidence and insights. This involves rigorous problem analysis, the development of theories of action and facilitating cycles of action, reflection and adaptation. We bring together diverse evidence and insights about context, our approaches, how and why change may or may not be happening and necessary adjustments based on evidence and observations. IBP’s learning for the coming years is guided by the following strategic questions:
  1. What kinds of partnerships, relationships and coalitions contribute most to effective reform efforts? How do we advance policies and enable reform to benefit the most marginalized?
  2. What are the barriers and obstacles to more inclusive, equitable and accountable fiscal governance, policies and service delivery? How do we ensure our strategies address these effectively?
  3. How do we leverage key strategic elements – from evidence and analysis to collective citizen action – to advance meaningful and sustainable reforms around fiscal policy and governance?
  4. How do we ensure gains we make in fiscal governance work translate into meaningful impacts for marginalized populations?
IBP has long prioritized learning as an important pillar of our approach and has built it into many of our programs and partnerships over the years. This has resulted in an extensive library of case studies, evaluations and assessments and other learning tools and resources we have developed over the years. In 2016, IBP created the Strategy and Learning Team to facilitate learning efforts and ensure learning informs our strategic decisions as an organization. This has led to more regular and robust PMEL practices undertaken with our teams and partners.
We engage in learning through multiple modalities, including:
  • Research: Collaborating with partners, our research addresses different domains of public resource governance and informs our efforts as well as the broader field.
  • Embedded learning: We support action research and ‘real-time’ learning though all of our programs and engage our partners in regular reflections on our collective efforts, helping to draw out relevant insights and integrate those into practice
  • Rigorous assessment and documentation: IBP uses robust evaluation methodologies to look back on our efforts and better understand whether and how they contributed to change processes and outcomes, and document these findings.
We also engage a number of partners to promote joint learning. This includes a partnership with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and the Accountability Research Center at American University to undertake an innovative action learning partnership called “Learning with SPARK”.
Recent Events
IBP partner and community advocate Astou Mbengue and a member of the National Sanitation Office of Senegal (ONAS) coordinate a joint government and community site visit to various locations having water and sanitation issues.

Advancing budget credibility through external audits

Apr 11, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am
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Strengthening the Performance of the Public Financial Management System through External Audits

Feb 15, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am
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Auditing the End-Year Accounts or State Budget 

Feb 08, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am
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Identifying and managing budget credibility risks through external audits

Feb 01, 2024
8:30 am – 10:00 am
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New Frontiers of Openness

Oct 14, 2023
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
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An End to Debt Déjà Vu

Oct 12, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Eight months ago, secondhand clothing vendor Bety Anoyi set up shop in what was then a mostly vacant lot in a rapidly developing space in Accra's East Legon neighourhood. With city construction bringing infrastructure, including newly paved roads to the area, many vendors chose to leave the city's packed market places and relocate to vacant, unclaimed spaces on roadsides that are in close proximity to bus stations and taxi ranks and, most importantly, customers. These transport nodes brought in a large number of pedestrians and commuters who would stop at Bety's merchandise. In time, more and more vendors like Bety set up shop in these spaces, increasing the number of clothing, food, and other stalls and kiosks. The informal vendors became a collective economic magnet of their own, bringing new commerce and productivity to these new areas.  FULLY RELEASED - CONSENT NUMBER: ACC022

Keeping budget promises

Sep 12, 2023
8:00 am – 9:15 am
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From Inclusion to Impact

Sep 07, 2023
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Network Resources & Learning Opportunities