Budget Monitoring and Policy Influence: Lessons from Civil Society Budget Analysis and Advocacy Initiatives

While budget analysis and advocacy activities have expanded dramatically in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the past decade, no material has been systematically gathered on the impact of such work. Therefore, civil society groups interested in undertaking budget work have little access to the experiences of the pioneering organisations. This paper summarizes the findings of a study, led by the International Budget Partnership and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, which attempts to fill this gap by presenting evidence from case studies of organizations in Brazil, Croatia, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Uganda that have been engaged in budget work for at least five years.

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Paolo de Renzio

Senior Research Fellow, Open Budget Initiative

Paolo de Renzio joined the International Budget Partnership in October 2010 as Senior Research Fellow and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research agenda covers a broad range of topics, including budget transparency and accountability, equity and justice in budgeting, taxation and tax expenditures, among others. He also supports the team producing the Open Budget Survey. Prior to joining the IBP, Paolo worked as a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute; as an economist and policy advisor in Papua New Guinea’s Ministry of Finance; and as a UNDP public sector specialist, lecturer, and independent consultant in Mozambique. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission, and for a number of bilateral donor agencies and international NGOs. Paolo holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on the impact of donor policies on budget reforms in developing countries. He also holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from ‘Bocconi’ in Milan, Italy.

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