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Investigating Budget Credibility: A Toolkit for Civil Society Organizations

Do you know whether your government spent the annual budget as planned? Did the government shift funding priorities during the year? Was funding cut for services and programs you care about? Do you know whether these shifts in spending are reviewed by the legislature or disclosed to the public? This resource aims to help answer these questions.

The International Budget Partnership compiled this resource for civil society organizations and others who work on fostering greater accountability of public spending to offer guidance on how to determine whether national or subnational government spending is “credible.” This toolkit presents an overview of the concept of budget credibility, why it matters, and how it can be investigated; and it provides tactics for engaging with governments to address credibility challenges. This is not meant to be a comprehensive guide, but rather, an accessible primer to clarify the issues, with references to other tools and resources to help you dig deeper.

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Investigating Budget Credibility: A Toolkit for Civil Society Organizations

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Sally Torbert

Policy Manager, International Budget Partnership

Sally Torbert joined the International Budget Partnership in August 2017 and is based in Tbilisi, Georgia. As IBP’s Policy Manager, she leads IBP’s Budget Credibility and Debt Accountability initiatives in collaboration with IBP’s country teams and civil society partners.

Prior to joining IBP, Sally worked as a public sector and governance specialist with expertise in public financial management, service delivery, social accountability, and capacity building. She has previously held positions with the World Bank, DAI, UNCDF, and UNDP, supporting public finance and governance reforms in Afghanistan, Lao PDR, Nepal, Mozambique, and Timor-Leste. She holds a BA from Princeton University and a Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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