Assessing Budget Transparency in Subnational Governments: Findings from Brazil, Indonesia, and Tanzania
Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
The Urban Institute Center on International Development and Governance (IDG) and the International Budget Partnership (IBP) cordially invite you to a discussion on
Assessing Budget Transparency in Subnational Governments:
Findings from Brazil, Indonesia, and Tanzania
Thursday May 9, 2013, from
Noon -1.30 pm ET
There is wide international support for the idea that transparent budgeting is a good thing. Several methodologies developed by donors and thinks tanks are in wide use to assess the state of budget transparency at the international, regional, and national levels. Yet spending that affects the daily lives of citizens is very often done by local governments. This has prompted interest, among donors and NGO’s in the transparency and effectiveness of subnational budget practices.
The International Budget Partnership responded by developing a pilot assessment methodology for subnational budget transparency based on its global Open Budget Index approach. IBP partner organizations in Brazil, Indonesia, and Tanzania have implemented the pilot methodology. Issues surrounding subnational budget transparency that the pilot assessments may help resolve include questions such as: How transparent is local budgeting? Does budget transparency matter to service delivery or development outcomes? What are the main gaps seen from the pilot assessments?
Andrew Lawson (Technical Director of Fiscus, UK) will provide an overview of the survey methodology and share the overall results from surveys in Tanzania, Indonesia and Brazil. Lukman Hakim (Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency, FITRA) and Florian Schweitzer (Sikika, Tanzania) will present the subnational budget transparency survey results for their respective countries and discuss the implications of these results.
Subsequent to the presentations, a discussion will be moderated by Charles Cadwell, Director of The Urban Institute’s Center for International Development and Governance. Jamie Boex (Senior Research Associate, UI) will start off the discussion with opening remarks.
At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Please bring your lunch - light refreshments will be provided.
This event is part of the Frontiers in Development Theory and Practice series, organized by the Urban Institute Center on International Development and Governance.