The Global Movement on Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation (BTAP)

Initiated by the International Budget Partnership and launched on 18 November 2011 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the First Global Assembly for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation brought together for the first time a wide range of groups working on public finance and budget accountability issues to discuss how they might work together at the international level. To date, the vast majority of budget work has been at country level. The Assembly is an attempt by a broad range of activists and organisations to complement this country work with collaborative advocacy at international level.

Nearly 100 civil society groups from 54 countries and 12 international organisations took part in this historic effort, which aims to build an integrated and vibrant social movement that will promote government budgeting that is open and accountable to the public.

Delegates at the First Global Assembly for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, work on their Declaration of Principles

Budgets are the most crucial tool that governments have to address problems like poverty, provide essential services such as education and healthcare, and invest in their country’s future. When the political speeches end, what matters is how governments manage funds to meet their promises and priorities.

The IBP, along with a steering committee of its civil society partners, began in early 2011 to lay the foundation of this effort to catalyse the growing mobilisation of organisations engaging in budget analysis and advocacy into a strong, vibrant and cohesive civil society voice in international debates on public finance issues.

CEGAA is one of the founding members of the BTAP. We served on the Steering Committee that drafted the Dar es Salaam Declaration of Principles for the BTAP, and assisted in the organisation of its first Global Assembly. Member groups will shape and drive the global agenda for budget transparency, accountability and participation.

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