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COVID-19 poses heightened challenges for public budgets 

On April 29, IBP will release the results of the 2019 Open Budget Survey. We know the world is focused now on bringing into check the COVID-19 pandemic, but in many ways, this is a particularly important time to focus attention on the transparency, inclusiveness and oversight of government budgets.

As IBP Executive Director Warren Krafchik writes in a just-out blog post, "In this time of unparalleled challenges, governments must rapidly shift priorities and realign tax and spending policies. However, the rush to act may tempt some leaders to forgo informing and engaging the public on the steps they take."

The results of the 2019 Open Budget Survey show that civil society organizations, donors and others must remain vigilant. Watch for a special announcement later this month with the highlights!

Can the Open Budget Survey change lives? 

In the latest addition to IBP's new storytelling platform, we share an up-close and very personal look at how the Open Budget Survey (OBS) has helped shape global guidelines, regional norms, national practices and better service delivery on the ground for everyone, including marginalized communities.

In this story, that local change is in Senegal, where the public was in the streets, demanding better use of government money for local schools. One of IBP's partners, ONG-3D, partnered with others, to open dialogue with government officials, using the OBS as a key tool. "Government officials know now that civil society has the OBS results and will use them. We can back up our concerns with evidence." 



 

'Let's protect each other': IBP South Africa steps up to protect the most vulnerable 

As governments fight the COVID-19 pandemic, impoverished communities are often neglected. That is true in South Africa as well, where the residents of informal settlements are too often "invisible." However, IBP South Africa and its partners stepped in to change that. In a new blog post, we explain how and the results we are achieving.



 

Latin America: IBP partners fill gaps COVID-19 crisis



Crises such as the pandemic now crippling nearly ever country often put civil society organizations on the front lines of response, pushing to fill the gaps governments cannot or will not fill on their own. IBP partners in Argentina and Brazil have stepped up to help homeless people and informal workers. We describe how in this new blog post

 

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