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September 09, 2015


 The Open Budget Survey 2015


The International Budget Partnership has just published findings from the Open Budget Survey 2015 – the world’s only independent, comparable measure of budget transparency, participation, and oversight.

The latest results reveal that the vast majority of people live in countries that have inadequate systems for ensuring accountable budgets. Most countries surveyed provide insufficient information for civil society and the public to understand or monitor budgets, and only a small fraction of countries have appropriate mechanisms for the public to participate in budget processes. Formal oversight institutions also frequently face limitations in performing their function of holding governments to account.

Events to discuss the findings, and their implications for public policy, will be taking place in different regions in coming months. Initial launches will be held in the United States and the United Kingdom:   

-      World Bank, Oxfam America, and the International Budget Partnership will launch the Survey in Washington D.C. on 10 September from 9:00 to 11:00 (EDT). Sign-up to attend in person or participate online.

-       The Overseas Development Institute is hosting a London event on 17 September 13:00 - 15:00 (BST). Register to join in person.

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