Aid and open budgets: what can development partners do?

This is a guest post by Claire Schouten, International Budget Partnership The Open Budget Survey 2015 just came out and it shares important findings for transparent, participatory and accountable development. In its fifth edition since 2006, the survey covers 102...

Aligning aid and budgets: A call to OECD DAC

Over the last few months, we’ve been working with five donor partners (Canada DFATD, DFID, UNDP, USAID and the World Bank) to pilot the integration of aid with partner country budgets in five countries. We have found this approach to be successful in mapping aid...

The Budget Identifier

One of the key objectives of the aid transparency agenda is to provide aid information in a way that can be used by recipient governments in the budget planning cycle. Put simply, if donor spending is not transparent, recipient countries cannot accurately include aid...

Why are open budgets important?

Guest post by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow, Open Budget Initiative  If you want to fight poverty, you need to care about budgets. They are the government’s most powerful tool to meet the needs and priorities of a country and its people. Public budgets are...

Lack of aid information undermines budget transparency

A report recently published by De Renzio and Angemi finds that a lack of donor aid transparency can contribute to conditions which lead to poor budget transparency in recipient countries. Looking at the role of donor agencies in promoting or preventing budget...