International Budget Partnership

WASHINGTON, DC   |  internationalbudget.org

Mission

The International Budget Partnership is a nonprofit organization of economists, advocates and policy analysts dedicated to ensuring governments are responsible stewards of public funds. IBP works hand-in-hand with partners in over 120 countries to ensure all citizens, especially in underserved communities, understand and have the right to influence how public money– their money – is raised and spent. IBP works in collaboration with multiple actors – including civil society, governments, international institutions and the private sector – to bring about a world in which empowered citizens participate in open, inclusive budgeting processes to shape policies and practices that promote equity and justice on a sustainable basis

Ruling year info

2015

President/ Executive Director

Warren Krafchik

Main address

750 First Street NW Suite 700

WASHINGTON, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

46-3995547

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International Democracy & Civil Society Development (Q35)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Government budgets are where policy is transformed into action. They affect every aspect of life, from health care to education to basic sanitation. But in many countries across the world, governments make decisions about how to raise and spend public funds behind closed doors, offering the public few opportunities to contribute. As a result, these budgets fuel government policies that shape people’s day-to-day lives in crucial ways, without much say from those who are most affected — especially those living in poverty and other vulnerable communities. Too often, this means that public budgets skew resources to the powerful and well-connected, and essential public services go underfunded. When the public has the opportunity to participate in budget discussions and hold their government accountable, it’s more likely to result in policies that are more responsive to the needs of the poor and lead to more efficient service delivery.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Open Budget Initiative

The Open Budget Initiative (OBI) program undertakes research in over 100 countries worldwide to assess and promote access to budget information and accelerate the adoption of accountable budget systems. It's flagship project, the Open Budget Survey (OBS) is the world's only independent, comparative assessment of the three pillars of public budget accountability: transparency, oversight and public participation. The seventh round of this biennial assessment, the 2019 survey evaluated 117 countries covering 93% of the global population.

Population(s) Served

SPARK is an ambitious and innovative global program that aims to leverage citizen action and democratize budget processes to improve public service delivery. SPARK builds the budget knowledge and skills of marginalized groups and movements by linking them with budget organizations in order to expose fiscal causes and build effective budget advocacy.

IBP is flipping budget advocacy on its head by first connecting with and understanding the everyday problems that people are experiencing across the globe – obstacles such as lack of healthcare, nonexistent or inadequate sanitation facilities and an inability to access social programs. From there, our goal is to help citizens understand the role budgets can play in uncovering and addressing the service delivery gaps and empower them to achieve change.The result is a budget program working on real issues in real-time for real people.

Population(s) Served

At the International Budget Partnership (IBP), we work to promote citizen engagement with budget policies and processes to make them more equitable and inclusive. While our work has historically focused on the expenditure side of the budget, it is increasingly clear that we need to bring issues of taxation and revenue collection more squarely into our work. As a result, we have launched a Tax Equity Initiative to ensure citizens and civil society have the tools needed to effectively engage in tax reforms.

Governments need to give more attention to promoting equity through taxation and have multiple policy tools at their disposal to promote more equitable societies. Among these, fiscal policies are probably some of the most important and powerful ones. How much tax different individuals pay, and how much they get back in public services can have an important effect on the overall distribution of income, wealth and economic and political opportunities—and determine how fair and equitable a society is.

We believe that enhancing civil society’s capacities and skills to engage in tax reform and push for more equitable taxation can pave the way for a reduction in inequality and the promotion of just societies where everyone has opportunities to flourish.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) believes in a world where all citizens claim the right to understand and influence how public money — their money — is raised and spent. To achieve this vision, we collaborate with civic groups, government champions and influential international organizations to ensure governments are held accountable for the ways they raise and spend public funds -- with the ultimate aim of improving service delivery, strengthening democratic governance, and supporting inclusive development.

IBP works with local partners around the world to use public budgets as a powerful tool for social good and accountability, and advocate for policies that reduce poverty and inequality. Leveraging our combined skills and networks, we are a powerful, united voice for more transparent governance, equitable distribution of resources and policies that alleviate poverty. Leading the field of fiscal transparency and accountability for more than 20 years, IBP has taken on the challenge of making public finance systems worldwide more open and accountable by:
• Incubating and strengthening budget-focused civil society institutions in countries around the world;
• collaborating with civil society partners and other accountability actors within countries to achieve measurable improvements in how public money is collected and spent on delivering critical public services to poor and marginalized communities;
• producing research and analysis on country budget systems, processes, and policies and the impact of civil society engagement in budgeting; and
• engaging international and country stakeholders to promote improved budget systems, practices, policies, and outcomes.


IBP is the world’s leading non-profit organization bringing together the skills of economists, policy analysts and advocates to ensure governments are responsible stewards of public funds. We have core expertise in public finance and budget processes. We produce research and analysis on country budget systems, processes and policies. We identify opportunities for reform — and push to make them happen.
IBP also has proven methods to strengthen local change agents. We equip civil society partners with the skills and knowledge to conduct budget analysis, monitoring and advocacy that increases the public’s ability to influence public budget discussions and hold their governments accountable.
Our exceptionally broad network of partners multiplies our effectiveness. Two decades of results and quality work give IBP credibility and strong relationships at grassroots, national and international levels. This allows us to bridge the distance between citizens’ groups and the powerful finance institutions they cannot easily access. That space — where citizens and powerful institutions meet — is where sustainable change happens.

At the core of IBP’s vision is the growth of civic organizations in the global south that specialize in budget analysis and advocacy to diversify and strengthen the field of fiscal transparency and accountability. To that end, IBP helped create a Learning Network comprised of 40 leading budget organizations from around the world, that collaborate on key advocacy initiatives and share learnings with peers. We are dedicated to continuing our work to deepen the technical capacity of Learning Network members and broaden the pool of organizations working on budgets, with the aim that these groups develop the organizational strengths required to lead the field.
In addition, over the past 20 years, IBP has played an instrumental role in putting budget transparency on the global agenda and has influenced the norms and standards of international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Open Government Partnership. Before, there was little recognition by international institutions of the need and importance of fiscal transparency in countries. However, IBP has pioneered new standards of openness by helping introduce concepts, for example, the need for “citizens’ budgets” – documents that are understandable by the public. The IMF revised its fiscal transparency code in 2006 in part due to the launch of IBP’s Open Budget Survey (the world’s only regular cross-country assessment of fiscal transparency, public participation and oversight) which called on governments to produce citizens’ budgets. The IMF modified its code again in 2014 to emphasize the importance of public participation in budget processes, largely due to IBP’s urging.
Moving forward, IBP will increasingly focus on promoting participation as a key enabler of budget accountability, both directly and through looking at how transparency can facilitate participation, and how citizen engagement with other formal institutions can strengthen budget oversight. Our leading-edge approaches to securing more inclusive and accountable budgeting include investigating the issues of budget credibility (the ability of governments to meet their spending and revenue targets) as well as government responsiveness to formal audit recommendations. Tax policy and how it can exacerbate inequalities is also a topic of growing interest. Each of our approaches involve bolstering the capacities of civic groups to engage government throughout the budget cycle not only to improve government accountability as they raise and spend public funds, but also to achieve measurable impact on public finance systems and transform lives throughout the developing world.

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International Budget Partnership

Board of directors
as of 8/24/2020
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Board chair

Michael Lipsky