Budget Transparency around the World: Results from the 2008 Open Budget Survey

The movement for greater fiscal transparency has been gaining momentum in recent years. To contribute to these efforts, the International Budget Partnership (IBP) developed the Open Budget Survey in 2006. The 2008 survey finds that the state of budget transparency around the world is deplorable, although a number of countries have improved their performance over the past two years. This article discusses the results of the 2008 survey and ways of improving budget transparency.

Authors

Warren Krafchik

Executive Director

Warren Krafchik is the Executive Director of the International Budget Partnership (IBP), where for 20 years he has led IBP’s work to support and collaborate with civil society organizations in Africa, Latin America and Asia to ensure governments are held accountable as stewards of public resources. IBP works with independent organizations in over 120 countries by providing financial assistance, training and technical support and designing collaborative research and networking programs.

In addition to directing IBP, Krafchik is a co-founder and steering committee member of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, and he was a founding co-chair of the Open Government Partnership.

Krafchik joined the IBP in 2001 after nine years at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), where he founded the Budget Information Service (BIS). Idasa’s BIS was one of the first organizations in developing countries to pioneer a role for civil society organizations in budget processes, and its work and methods have been adapted by civil society and governments around the world. Krafchik serves on the board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and was a founding board member of the Impumelelo Innovations Program and Topsy AIDS Foundation.

Krafchik is the author of numerous publications and a frequent speaker on fiscal processes, equity and accountability. He received a Masters in Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Vivek Ramkumar

Senior Director of Policy

Vivek Ramkumar joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in 2005 and currently is Senior Director of Policy. In this capacity, he oversees IBP’s research and advocacy efforts to expand the adoption of transparent and accountable budget systems around the world. As Senior Director, Vivek stands-in for the Executive Director, as requested. Vivek previously worked with the MKSS – an organization that pioneered the Right to Information movement in India. He also worked with a Mumbai-based nongovernmental organization called SPARC, which is part of the Shack/Slum Dwellers International. Vivek is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an MA from the London School of Economics.

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