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THE BUDGET
Do you care?
Who we are
Anna Alberts: Open Knowledge Foundation Germany - OpenBudgets.eu
Cecile Le Guen: Open Knowledge International -...
Money in Politics
How does this affect me?
Tracing Money Through Politics
Financial Transparency
Where to start
Get Background Information
Process: bottom up/top down
Type of budgeting: input or
performance based
Room for Policy Chang...
Budget Speech
Pay Special Attention to:
Cycle: division of power
Emergency or Discretionary Funds
What is not on the budget: Off
Budget ...
Your Technocracy: Germany
You have a budget of 6,600 lines!
And a Debt Brake Law
The German Federal Budget Process
Remarkable
Multi-Annual forecasts and financial plans
Technocratic and Top Down
Pessimistic
Room for Policy Change: +/- 10...
Getting insights: Visualisation
Storytelling
1 - Scandal in France in Education
Marseille - The 2d biggest city in the country
The big
shame
of the
country
February 02 - 2016
When you see
kids in your
classroom with
blue lips,
you feel
ashamed
Tackling the public schools scandal. Issues faced:
- Where to find budget files
- Where to ask for statements and delibera...
+ 5 millions €
+ 1 committed Minister
April 17th
How to fix the system?
- Open and publish budgets
- Be transparent to your citizens
- Deliver quality files
- Use tools to...
2 - Social audit in Malaysia
Track where the promised funds for the recent devastating
East Coast floods have been allocated
Why running a social audit as citizens in Malaysia?
● Map out projects and real outputs against governments’ budgets,
prom...
User stories
● As a local council department head, I want to know the issues faced
by residents, so I can allocate appropr...
● Freedom of Information Access requests sent (FOIA)
● FOIA requests answered
● Budget files collected
● Budget files clea...
Provide tools to open up budgets
● Open Spending
● A Community
● A Database
● All tools accessible in Open Source
www.openspending.org
www.next.openspending.org
www.next.openspending.org
www.offenerhaushalt.de
www.wheredoesmymoneygo.org
3 - How a Fire led to Budget Transparency?
Hasadna: How a Fire led to Budget Transparency
Budget Drill Down
Future Plans
Q & A
Anna Alberts: @anna_alberts & @OpenBudgets.EU // anna.alberts@okfn.de
Cecile Le Guen: @CecileLG & @openspending // c...
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“Why You Should Care about the Budget?” was OBEUs talk at Re:publica 2016. Re:publica is one of the largest conventions on digital culture in the world, and the largest in Germany.
For the FinTec track, the OpenBudgets.eu team talked about the role of money in politics. We show in this presentation how to read a budget with examples from the German federal budget. The second part of the presentation gives examples from the civic tech field for advocacy campaigns and journalism projects on financial transparency.

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The budget - do you care?

  1. 1. THE BUDGET Do you care?
  2. 2. Who we are Anna Alberts: Open Knowledge Foundation Germany - OpenBudgets.eu Cecile Le Guen: Open Knowledge International - Open Spending & OpenBudgets.eu
  3. 3. Money in Politics
  4. 4. How does this affect me?
  5. 5. Tracing Money Through Politics
  6. 6. Financial Transparency
  7. 7. Where to start
  8. 8. Get Background Information Process: bottom up/top down Type of budgeting: input or performance based Room for Policy Change Priorities and Summaries Division between line departments Division of responsibilities between entities
  9. 9. Budget Speech
  10. 10. Pay Special Attention to: Cycle: division of power Emergency or Discretionary Funds What is not on the budget: Off Budget Payments Guarantees Budget Adjustments Procurement Procedures Capital Investments and PPP
  11. 11. Your Technocracy: Germany
  12. 12. You have a budget of 6,600 lines!
  13. 13. And a Debt Brake Law
  14. 14. The German Federal Budget Process
  15. 15. Remarkable Multi-Annual forecasts and financial plans Technocratic and Top Down Pessimistic Room for Policy Change: +/- 10 % Oversight: Budget Committee of 40 Parliamentarians Freeze every line item -> 6,600 Changes in line-items Under-Estimation and Adjustment in November
  16. 16. Getting insights: Visualisation
  17. 17. Storytelling
  18. 18. 1 - Scandal in France in Education
  19. 19. Marseille - The 2d biggest city in the country
  20. 20. The big shame of the country February 02 - 2016
  21. 21. When you see kids in your classroom with blue lips, you feel ashamed
  22. 22. Tackling the public schools scandal. Issues faced: - Where to find budget files - Where to ask for statements and deliberations - How to read, analyse and visualise the files - How to compare with other cities
  23. 23. + 5 millions € + 1 committed Minister April 17th
  24. 24. How to fix the system? - Open and publish budgets - Be transparent to your citizens - Deliver quality files - Use tools to present information comprehensively
  25. 25. 2 - Social audit in Malaysia
  26. 26. Track where the promised funds for the recent devastating East Coast floods have been allocated
  27. 27. Why running a social audit as citizens in Malaysia? ● Map out projects and real outputs against governments’ budgets, promises and policies ● Hold government accountable ● Observe and document changes of indicators ● Participate in budgets/policies elaboration before General Election in 2017
  28. 28. User stories ● As a local council department head, I want to know the issues faced by residents, so I can allocate appropriate resources. ● As a MP, I want to know the socio-economic indicators of people in constituency so that I can ask for better budget policies. ● As a journalist, I want to know easy overview of the budget. Methodology
  29. 29. ● Freedom of Information Access requests sent (FOIA) ● FOIA requests answered ● Budget files collected ● Budget files cleaned, analysed and published as open data ● Community social audit workshop ● Listing and reporting issues to local councilors ● Involving all citizens in disenfranchised communities ● Make sure weaker voices are heard Results
  30. 30. Provide tools to open up budgets ● Open Spending ● A Community ● A Database ● All tools accessible in Open Source
  31. 31. www.openspending.org
  32. 32. www.next.openspending.org
  33. 33. www.next.openspending.org
  34. 34. www.offenerhaushalt.de
  35. 35. www.wheredoesmymoneygo.org
  36. 36. 3 - How a Fire led to Budget Transparency?
  37. 37. Hasadna: How a Fire led to Budget Transparency
  38. 38. Budget Drill Down
  39. 39. Future Plans
  40. 40. Q & A Anna Alberts: @anna_alberts & @OpenBudgets.EU // anna.alberts@okfn.de Cecile Le Guen: @CecileLG & @openspending // cecile.leguen@okfn.org

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