GPSA Knowledge Platform

Budget

30

May

Transparency for what? The usefulness of publicly available budget information in African countries

Author: Rebecca Simson and Paolo de Renzio Published by: Overseas Development Institute and International Budget Partnership Date: 2013 This report analyses information released by top-performing governments in Africa to analyse what can really be learnt about how public money is being spent. It assesses whether the budget documents released by those governments are sufficiently comprehensive to answer basic questions about budget policy and performance. CSOs, donors, networks, and governments working on budget transparency and open government would likely benefit from …

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29

May

Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports: How Civil Society Can Use Budget Reports for Research and Advocacy

Authors: Vivek Ramkumar and Isaac Shapiro Published by: International Budget Partnership (IBP) This guide offers an overview of government budget implementation processes and provides practical, tested tools that can be used by civil society organizations interested in monitoring government expenditures. It describes in particular how civil society could use the eight key budget reports that governments should issue – the Pre-Budget Statement, Executive’s Budget Proposal, Citizens Budget, Enacted Budget, In-Year Reports, Mid-Year Review, Year-End Report, and Audit Report – for …

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29

May

Open Government Guide

Published by: Transparency and Accountability Initiative, through the Open Government Partnership Date: 2013 The guide highlights practical, measurable, specific and actionable steps that governments can take to improve transparency and accountability. It focuses on a wide range of cross-cutting and focused areas, such as assets disclosure and conflicts of interest, budgets, citizen engagement, open government data, public contracting, public services, records management, right to information and whistleblower protection. The e-guide is mainly aimed at civil servants and civil society organizations …

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26

May

Social Accountability E-Guide

Published by: World Bank This World Bank’s Guide is an online resource offering a step-by-step approach to integrating social accountability mechanisms into investment lending projects. This Guide helps to a) scope potential entry points for introducing SA tools and approaches to address governance issues and challenges in projects; b) diagnose the context in which SA will be implemented; c) develop options for selecting and sequencing SA tools that can help improve transparency, accountability, and participation; and b) monitor and evaluate …

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26

May

Budget Monitoring and Policy Influence

Author: Paolo de Renzio and Warren Krafchik Published by: Overseas Development Institute(ODI) Date: 2007 This brief from the ODI summarises the findings of a study, led by the International Budget Project and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, which attempted to bring together evidence from case studies of organisations in Brazil, Croatia, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Uganda that have been engaged in budget work. This study focused mostly on a set of intermediate outcomes in …

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