International Budget Partnership

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) was formed in 1997 to collaborate with civil society organizations in developing countries to analyse, monitor, and influence government budget processes, institutions and outcomes. The aim of the Partnership is to make budget systems more responsive to the needs of poor and low-income people in society and, accordingly, to make these systems more transparent and accountable to the public.

The IBP funds CEGAA’s work with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) to increase access to affordable and equitable good-quality health services for people living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) in various districts in South Africa. This collaborative project focuses on effectively mobilising civil society organisations, establishing partnerships with CSOs and local government, and empowering the community in order to strengthen health care systems and improve health care spending and outputs.

A coalition of HIV/AIDS and TB community organisations has been formed to exert influence on the government’s implementation of the budget at the local level, whilst building local government capacity on expenditure tracking for improved budget planning and social and financial accountability. CEGAA and TAC seek to alter non-participatory budget processes at the local level by building the capacity of citizens, communities and local government officials to monitor budget formulation and implementation for HIV/AIDS and TB.

CEGAA’s Programmes Manager, Nhlanhla Ndlovu, is an IBP-assigned Technical Assistant providing support to TALC in Zambia. Our Budget Monitoring and Expenditure tracking (BMET) team attended the IBP PI Partners Meeting in Tanzania in 2011, which was convened to review progress in and identify new issues for advancing budget monitoring at regional and global levels.

Learn more about the IBP’s other international advocacy initiatives

IBP: Fiscal transparency and subnational governance

The IBP's Open Budget Initiative has issued new information as part of a multi-year research project combining quantitative and qualitative evidence on the causes and consequences of budget transparency, participation, and accountability. These working papers address some of the gaps in the literature, and verify the usefulness of its Open Budget Index as a measure of budget transparency.
View the working papers.

As subnational governments are increasingly charged with implementing government spending, a clear understanding of where, when, and how public monies are spent at that level is essential for citizens to hold those governments to account. Recognizing this, as well as the scarcity of academic and policy literature on the subject, the IBP’s Open Budget Initiative commissioned 10 pilot studies.
Read summaries, full reports, methodologies, questionnaires, and media coverage from each of these studies.