Embedded Learning? New case studies on civil society and the politics on government finance accountability

In the governance field too many learning efforts are based on selective and retrospective documentation of success stories or on politically blind “treatments” parachuted into random contexts. Both approaches undermine the learning potential of governance research. This is why in 2009 the International Budget Partnership (IBP) and civil society partners Fundar, Ibase, the Public Sector Accountability Monitor, andHakiElimu took a different approach and gambled on documenting their budget advocacy in real time. Albert van Zyl, Research Manager at IBP talks about the main parallels and differences between four case studies. His main conclusion is that poor management of government finances is more than just a technical problem, it is also a political problem. Thus, in order to bring about greater budget accountability, we must learn how to build and scale up the work of both formal and informal accountability actors and institutions.

February 14, 2020

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