[@OKau] FW: IBP Newsletter No. 83
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Since financial transparency has come up on the list and this newsletter arrived in my box this morning I thought I'd share it.
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From: International_Budget_Partnership at mail.vresp.com
To: budgetaus at hotmail.com
Subject: IBP Newsletter No. 83
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 12:59:44 +0000
IBP Newsletter No. 83
March - April 2015 No. 83
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In This Issue: TRANSPARENT CITIES, ACCOUNTABILITY IN SRI LANKA, PARTICIPATION, TRANSPARENCY AND MARKETS, BLOG CORNER, TECH CORNER, IBP PUBLICATIONS, FROM THE FIELD, JOBS
Open Budgets. Transform Lives
Our inspiring new video shares the story of how three IBP partners are using budget analysis and monitoring to improve government spending and policies to help the poorest and most marginalized people in their country. Their examples show how government budgets are central to addressing our biggest development challenges and the power of budget advocacy to ensure that public funds are used to meet public priorities.
Hot off the Presses: 2014 Annual Report
Our latest annual report, “New Frontiers,” is now available. Read through the report for highlights of our work in 2014, the challenges and opportunities ahead, lessons learned from the first year of our five-year plan, as well as an overview of selected IBP publications, workshops, and presentations in 2014.
Survey on the Use of Budget Data
As part of a collaborative research project among IBP, the World Bank, the Overseas Development Institute, and the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, we are reaching out to civil society groups around the world to help enhance our understanding of the main current uses of budget information by relevant stakeholders. By taking 30 minutes to fill out this survey on the uses of budget information, its accessibility, existing gaps, and potential uses of additional budget information, you can provide the research team with important tools to inform and improve the use of budget information.
The survey is also available in Spanish, French, and Russian.
Get Social with IBP
Transparency and Accountability Initiatives in South Asia
Open Works: Advocating Transparency for Indian Cities
Ambar Nag Janaagraha from the Centre for Citizenship and Democracy explains an exciting new initiative to push for transparency at the “hyper-local level.” Open Works aims to allow the public to track and influence all aspects of both budgets and services at the municipal level. Read more>>
Widening the Scope of Budget Accountability Efforts in Sri Lanka
When research by Sri Lanka-based think tank Verité revealed that a gradual reduction in the tax on cigarettes had led to a huge loss in revenue, they called the government out on the policy. Verité draws on their experience to show how, coupled transparency, revenue analysis can be a critical tool for increasing accountability. Read more>>
From the Annual Report
Participation Is the New Transparency
While the job is far from over, budget transparency practices have gradually improved worldwide, leading to a blossoming of new initiatives and ideas. This essay takes a forward looking approach to argue that, when it comes to improving the accountability of budgets, public participation is the new frontier. Read more>>
Does the Investor Community Care About Fiscal Transparency?
Last year, Bloomberg L.P., the financial software, data, and media giant, signed an agreement with IBP to make complete data from all four rounds of the Open Budget Survey available to its clients through its data terminals. And a recent IBP survey of investors identified the types of fiscal data that they want to help make investment decisions. This essay explores how the private sector’s perception of budget transparency is evolving. Read more>>
Latest posts from the Open Budgets Blog Read more>>
Development Data Hub Brings Transparency to Development Aid
New publications have been added to the IBP library! Read more>>
Relevant coverage of budget issues and civil society’s engagement in public budgeting from academia and professional journals. Read more>>
IBP Director of Operations. Read more>>
Publish What You Fund Advocacy Officer. Read More>>
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