Wednesday August 31st, 2016, 10:00 am EDT
About the Webinar
Government budgets affect people’s lives in many different ways. Budget policies – e.g. decisions on how a government taxes, borrows and spends – have a deep impact on economic performance, income distribution and service delivery. And budget processes – the formal and informal norms and institutions within which such decisions are taken – largely determine who benefits and who loses from them.
Yet, decision-making around public finance and budgets has too often been characterized by an exaggerated focus on fiscal discipline and economic growth, by a skewed distribution of costs and benefits, and by limited engagement of citizens in broad debate and deliberation, also thanks to the use of technical jargon of economics and public financial management. It is time to reframe public finance in a way that brings concepts of justice, equity, democracy and human rights center stage, recognizing that government budgets are about raising and spending “public” resources for the benefit of all.
In this webinar, Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow at the International Budget Partnership, will outline a proposal to shift the debate around public finance and government budgets, providing a more comprehensive framework that can hopefully promote a different vision of government budgets “for the people and by the people” and highlight areas for civil society action.
Javier Garduño, Coordinator of the Budget and Public Policy Area in Fundar, will comment the webinar, sharing the work Fundar is beginning to undertake on fiscal justice and human rights.
About the Speakers
Paolo de Renzio is Senior Research Fellow at the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in Washington, DC. At IBP, he coordinates a research program on governance, fiscal transparency and development, and is part of the team that produces the Open Budget Index. Paolo holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and a Masters from the London School of Economics, where he also taught from 2006 to 2009.He has published in various academic journals and has co-edited a book called “Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability” (Brookings Press, 2013).
Javier Garduño has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) and a Masters in Urban Studies from the Colegio de México. He is passionate about cycling and public finance, and has experience in the public sector, especially in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit and Mexico City’s Ministry of Finance. He is a specialist in public finance, public policy and urban development. We worked for five years at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), an international NGO, where he was responsible for the promotion of sustainable urban mobility policies in Mexico. Since February 2016, he works as the Coordinator of the Budget and Public Policy unit at Fundar, promoting fiscal justice with a human rights approach in Mexico.