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The Power of Numbers- Communities Use Government Budget Data to Advocate for Change

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4/9/2010 …

4/9/2010
Aaron Katz, CPH and Helena Hofbauer with IBP (Mexico)


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  • 1. IBP at a glance Partnership Initiative, 2010
  • 2. Applied Budget Groups: Definition
    • Common strategies
      • Applied fiscal research and advocacy
      • Timely, accessible, useful information
      • Focus on budget impact on the poor
    • Growth and diversity
      • Organization
      • Region
      • Income
      • Political system
    www.InternationalBudget.org
  • 3. Types of work
    • Building budget literacy and engagement
    • Training on applied analysis
    • Measurement of citizen priorities
    • Macro, exp & revenue analysis
    • Procurement monitoring, expenditure and revenue tracking
    • Social audits, performance audits, audit tracking & impact monitoring
    • Impacts on budget process & outcomes
    www.InternationalBudget.org
  • 4. Success factors
    • Accuracy, accessibility, timeliness
    • Dedicated organizational capacity
    • Analytical and advocacy skills
    • Linkages within civil society
    • Relationship with executive branch
    • Partnerships with oversight institutions
    www.InternationalBudget.org
  • 5.
    • Partners
    • Consolidated CSO’s with strong budget work capacity :
    • IBASE and INESC (Brazil), CSA (South Africa), Fundar (Mexico).
    • CSO’s with strong citizen mobilization capacities:
    • CCAGG (Philippines), TAC (South Africa), MUHURI (Kenya), Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation (Pakistan).
    • Sectoral CSO’s incorporating budget work as a tool:
    • HakiElimu (Tanzania), CAD (Mali), SATHI, DAAA and CHSJ (India).
    • Policy networks and democracy CSO’s:
    • Policy Forum (Tanzania), NGO Forum (Cambodia), UDN (Uganda)
  • 6.
    • Partners’ work
    • IBASE (Brazil): holding BNDES accountable.
    • MUHURI (Kenya): Social audits of CDFs.
    • Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation (Pakistan): monitoring earthquake relief and reaching into development budgets.
    • HakiElimu (Tanzania): monitoring capitation grant and other expenditures at school level.
    • CAD (Mali): budget analysis to increase allocations for the reduction of maternal mortality.
  • 7.
    • IBP’s work and contribution:
    • Financial support
    • Core support or project support to partners in 18 countries,
    • Small support for specific projects or initiatives
    • Capacity building and development
    • Training;
    • Technical assistance and mentoring;
    • Exchanges;
  • 8.
    • IBP’s work and contribution (cont.)
    • Information
    • Clearing house of budget and public finance information
    • Bi-monthly newsletter
    • Briefs
    • Open Budgets Blog
    • Guides to budget work and documentaries
  • 9.
    • IBP’s work and contribution (cont.)
    • Networking opportunities :
    • CDF
    • ESCR
    • Health
    • 6QC
    • Transparency
    • Open Budget Initiative :
    • Independent survey of budget transparency
    • 100 countries for 2010
    • Influencing international standards
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