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Warren Krafchik, Executive Director

The pandemic stretched and stressed us all but not equally. For far too many, the impact of COVID is devastating. This inequity must remind us of the urgency that governments raise and spend public money in ways that address real public priorities. Each year, we continue to make progress toward this goal, but not nearly fast enough.  

Now more than ever before we have to come together to ensure that we leverage this crisis to build more inclusive and equitable societies. It is perhaps an ironic lesson from a pandemic that enforces isolation, but cohesion, coalition, and cooperation is the only answer. As the Japanese poet, Satoro, observed: Individually we are one drop. Together we are an Ocean.   

With this in mind, I am ending the year both grateful and optimistic – two of IBP's core values. Grateful for the powerful and courageous efforts of our colleagues, partners and allies. And optimistic that our collective efforts will continue to build vibrant and inclusive democracies that deliver dignity and justice for all.  

From all of us at IBP: Switch off your digital feed. Take some time to rest. We need all of us at full strength next year.   

Check out our virtual gallery below where you can explore our Public Accountability model of working with grassroots movements to advance budget advocacy around service delivery. Learn about our movement partners, our budget advocacy strategies, and what we are learning. All elements in the gallery are interactive, so feel free to click around and allow us to transport you into the lives of those at the forefront of budget change. 

  



 
Each month, we shine a spotlight on partners who are using budget advocacy to bring transformational change to their communities. This month, we're sharing video interviews from two change agents who are advancing new frontiers to make government spending more inclusive and accountable. Meet our partners Astou Mbengue from the Senegalese Federation of Inhabitants and Mary Afan from Small-scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria.

In a new blog, we partnered with Open Government Partnership to discuss how transparency alone is not enough to achieve fiscal openness, and that opportunities for public participation and strong oversight are also central to accountable government.  

IBP and the National Democratic Institute teamed up to produce a policy brief that examines the role that parliaments play in ensuring accountability in governance. 

Transparency and accountability are key to unlocking the gains offered by climate finance, Murray Petrie suggests in a new blog for IBP

Thank you to those who were able to join our OGP Global Summit partner event last week, where we had a spirited conversation with excellent speakers about the ways in which movements, citizens, auditors, and others are teaming up to strengthen accountability and participation mechanisms in Nepal, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, and Argentina.  

We apologize for the abrupt disruption to the event, especially to those who were unable to rejoin the conversation. In case you missed it, the full recording of the event is shared below and you can view the speakers' presentations along with other resources on our events page.  


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