Case Study, Paper

Subnational Budget Transparency: An Analysis of Ten Pilot Studies

January 2012 | By Verena Kroth

Subnational budget documents deal with items and expenditures that are particularly visible and tangible for citizens. In this sense, subnational budget transparency has the potential to provide answers to basic questions such as what happened to central government funds at the local level and whether plans to build a new neighborhood school, or carry out local road works were actually implemented.

Recognizing the importance of subnational transparency as well as the scarcity of academic and policy literature on the subject, the International Budget Partnership commissioned ten pilot studies in 2011. Research organizations in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Croatia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Mali, Mongolia and Peru countries were assigned to analyze the state of subnational transparency in their country and were instructed to develop their own methodology. This paper synthesizes the findings of these studies.



View summaries, full reports, methodologies, and questionnaires from the 2011 subnational budget transparency studies:

  • Argentina, conducted by Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC)
  • Bolivia, conducted by Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario (CEDLA)
  • Brazil, conducted by Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos (INESC)
  • Croatia, conducted by Insitute for Public Finance (IPF)
  • Ecuador, conducted by Grupo FARO
  • India, conducted by Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA)
  • Indonesia, conducted by Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (SEKNAS FITRA)
  • Mali, conducted by Groupe de Recherche en Economie Appliquée et Théorique (GREAT)
  • Mongolia, conducted by Open Society Forum (OSF)
  • Peru, conducted by Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales / Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana (CEPES/GPC)



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