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Civil society organizations play an increasingly important role in analyzing government budget policies and in advocating for more transparent and inclusive budget processes in transitional and developing countries. Drawing on case studies of six budget groups across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, this book is the first comprehensive study of the impact and significance of civic initiatives aimed at enhancing budget transparency and the poverty focus of government expenditure priorities. Achievements include improvements in the transparency of budgetary decisions, increased budget awareness and literacy, and deeper engagement in the budget process on the part of legislators, the media and civil society organizations. The case studies in this book show how budget groups produce greater equity in budget policies and strengthen democracy by fostering accountability, enhancing transparency and deepening participation and voice.


Description

Civil society organizations play an increasingly important role in analyzing government budget policies and in advocating for more transparent and inclusive budget processes in transitional and developing countries. Drawing on case studies of six budget groups across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, this book is the first comprehensive study of the impact and significance of civic initiatives aimed at enhancing budget transparency and the poverty focus of government expenditure priorities. Achievements include improvements in the transparency of budgetary decisions, increased budget awareness and literacy, and deeper engagement in the budget process on the part of legislators, the media and civil society organizations. The case studies in this book show how budget groups produce greater equity in budget policies and strengthen democracy by fostering accountability, enhancing transparency and deepening participation and voice.


Contents

Strengthening Democracy and Tackling Corruption: Civil Society Budget Work in Perspective; M. Robinson
Analysing Applied Budget Work: Case Studies and Method; M. Robinson
Budget Analysis and Social Activism: Disha and the Budget Process in Gujarat, India; L. Malajovich and M. Robinson
Democratising the Budget: Fundar's Budget Analysis and Advocacy Initiatives in Mexico; M. Robinson and V. Vyasulu
Budget Work and Democracy-Building: The Case of Ibase in Brazil; P. de Renzio and J. Shultz
Sustained Work and Dedicated Capacity: Idasa's Experience in Applied Budget Work in South Africa; H. Hofbauer
Croatia and the Institute for Public Finance: Budget Work in a Transitional Democracy; A. van Zyl and J. Shultz
Budget Monitoring as an Advocacy Tool: The Uganda Debt Network; P. de Renzio, V. Azeem and V. Ramkumar
Conclusions: The Impact and Significance of Applied Budget Work; M. Robinson
Implications for Policy and Practice; P. de Renzio and W. Krafchik
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Authors

MARK ROBINSON is currently Head of Profession for Governance and Conflict in the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He previously held appointments with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK, the Ford Foundation, and the Overseas Development Institute. Publications include the 'The Democratic Developmental State: Politics and Institutional Design', 'Corruption and Development' and 'Non-Governmental Organizations and Rural Poverty Alleviation'.