Budget Work and Democracy Building: The case of IBASE in Brazil

May 19, 2006

By Paolo de Renzio (Overseas Development Institute) and Jim Shultz (Democracy Center, Cochabamba, Bolivia).

In 2005 the International Budget Partnership (IBP) and the Institute for Development Studies initiated a joint effort to study the experience of civil society budget work in six countries around the world where civil society organizations have undertaken that work for a significant period of time. These include Brazil, Mexico, Uganda, Croatia, India, and South Africa. This report (available in English or in Spanish as a summary) is the study of that experience in Brazil, focusing on the work of one group, the Brazilian Institute for Social and Economic Analysis (IBASE).