Exploring the Connections between Budget Credibility and SDG Implementation

As we reach the half-way mark to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and prepare for the Global SDG Summit, the world is not where it needs to be to achieve the agreed-upon targets. Government budgets serve as a roadmap, guiding spending toward effective delivery of public services and progress on sustainable development. While trillions of dollars are mobilized to reach development goals, national budgets are not being effectively and efficiently spent. Budget credibility is defined as the ability of governments to meet the fiscal targets set out in their annual budgets. Research conducted by the International Budget Partnership (IBP) and civil society partners in 13 countries finds that chronic budget credibility challenges disproportionately impact social sectors and undermine efforts to prioritize spending toward development goals. The following synthesis, case studies and how-to guide outline the findings of research conducted in 13 countries by IBP and civil society partners.

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Claire O'Donnell

Research Associate,

Claire O’Donnell works at the International Budget Partnership (IBP) as a Research Associate for the budget credibility initiative, coordinating global research products and learning events. O’Donnell is passionate about using budget advocacy as a tool to address inequity, with a particular interest in the intersection of budgets and gender.

Prior to joining IBP in 2021, O’Donnell worked with Women for Women International, the Kibale Forest Schools Project, Alianza por la Solidaridad and Aid to Artisans. O’Donnell holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Godson Korbla Aloryito

Program Officer, Ghana,

Godson Aloryito joined IBP in 2021 as the Budget Credibility Program Officer for Ghana. He has rich experience in Public Finance Analysis and Advocacy in Fiscal Transparency and Accountability. Prior to joining IBP, he worked as Resident Economist and Coordinator of the Economic Governance Platform, a CSOs’ coalition which influenced the design of Ghana’s recent stabilization program with the IMF by securing social protection programs and mainstreamed CSOs’ monitoring of their implementation as well as key structural fiscal reforms.

Godson recently, initiated and facilitated structured grassroot CSOs dialogue and advocacy with donor agencies such as the World Bank to promote social inclusion and citizens’ feedback on donor-funded projects in Ghana. He has consulted for the Institute of Development Studies, the World Bank and supported the commencement of SPARK in Ghana as a consultant.

Godson holds a B.A. and MPhil degrees in Economics from the University of Ghana and is currently a PhD candidate in Finance at the University of Ghana.

Sokhna Assiatou Diop

Program Officer, Senegal, International Budget Partnership

Assiatou Diop works at International Budget Partnership (IBP) as the Program officer for the budget credibility initiative in Senegal. Focusing on social sectors with high impact on vulnerable groups, Assiatou is dedicated to analyzing budget constraints and financing issues in the health and sanitation sectors. Leading on IBP’s efforts to unpack budget implementation challenges in Senegal’s Sanitation sector, Assiatou advocates for more efficient and inclusive public policies in human capital related sectors.

Prior to joining IBP in 2021, Assiatou worked at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), supporting the funding process of university-based research from the Federal Government.

Assiatou holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs from Ottawa University, and a Bachelors in Economics and Political Sc. from Montreal University.

Natán Spollansky

Economist, Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ)

Natán Spollansky is a member of ACIJ’s Tax Justice program and an economic advisor within the Budget and Finance Commission of the Honorable Chamber of Deputies of the Nation.

He has a degree in Economics and is a candidate for a Master’s in Public Administration from the National University of Córdoba (UNC).

Lisa Higginson

Budget Advocacy Coordinator, Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), South Africa

Lisa is the Budget Advocacy Coordinator at the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) at Rhodes University, where she is currently engaged in research and advocacy for budget transparency, open government and social accountability monitoring.

She is also Deputy Coordinator of Imali Yethu civil society coalition for open budgets, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Budget Justice Coalition.

Dede Krishnadianty

Program Officer, Indonesia, International Budget Partnership

Holding a Bachelor degree in Architecture and planning, Dede continued her study in trans-disciplinary Environment management master course at University of Melbourne.

She has proven record on working in Sustainable Development areas for 10 years, in a wide range of programmatic themes of Urban design, SDGs, Climate change, renewable energy, Sustainable Tourism, waste management, and public finance. In the last three years with WWF Indonesia She had been working to develop Green Budget Tagging, a specific tool to measure green economy budgeting in Indonesia.

Olaniyi Olaleye

Program Officer, Nigeria, International Budget Partnership

Olaniyi Olaleye joined the International Budget Partnership in 2021 as a Program Officer, Budget Credibility in Nigeria.  Previously, he was a Senior Research Analyst at  BudgIT Foundation. Olaniyi earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University. Ile-Ife and holds a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Olaniyi has written and co-published technical papers on budgeting, fiscal realism, sub-national transparency and inequality. His interest includes unearthing underlying public finance management issues in the social sectors. Olaniyi has managed core governance programs supporting National and International Development Partners and has led a series of campaigns to improve fiscal transparency and accountability at the National and Sub-national levels in Nigeria.