Entries by GIFT

Weaving a New Narrative: How Budget Transparency Reforms Took Hold in Mexico

By Paolo De Renzio This post is part of the “In Their Own Words: Reform Champions Speak About Incentives for Fiscal Openness” series. The original interview was conducted in 2016 as part of a Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) and International Budget Partnership (IBP) research project. Benjamin Hill Mayoral held a series of important […]

From Domestic Accountability to International Recognition: Fiscal Openness Reforms in the Philippines

By Paolo De Renzio This post is part of the “In Their Own Words: Reform Champions Speak About Incentives for Fiscal Openness” series. The original interview was conducted in 2015 as part of a Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) and International Budget Partnership (IBP) research project. Florencio “Butch” Barsana Abad was Secretary of the […]

Starting from the Top: Political Leadership and Fiscal Openness Reforms in Brazil

By Paolo De Renzio This post is part of the “In Their Own Words: Reform Champions Speak About Incentives for Fiscal Openness” series. The original interview was conducted in 2015 as part of a Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) and International Budget Partnership (IBP) research project. Jorge Hage Sobrinho was Deputy Minister of Brazil’s […]

An effective and powerful independent international commission against corruption benefits from and strengthens fiscal transparency. The case of Guatemala.

By Ricardo Barrientos [1] The relationship between political power and fiscal transparency has always been there, or at least, has been an issue for theoretic or academic debate. But since 2015, Guatemala offered a very concrete case which showed this relationship, perhaps in a dramatic way.   The whole world heard how Guatemalans exercised citizenship […]

Transparent Budget and Service Charters in Provincial Papua New Guinea*

By Shane Cave[2] Synopsis Papua New Guinea’s citizens are largely unaware of the detail of the public services they are entitled to receive and are almost entirely unaware of the resources allocated to support those services through central and provincial government budgets.  In the absence of effective central government oversight of the budget process, citizens’ […]

Mexico became the first country to formally adopt the Open Fiscal Data Package!

Mexico became the first country to formally adopt the Open Fiscal Data Package, an international open data standard promoted by GIFT–Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, in collaboration with Open Knowledge International and the World Bank, with the support of Omidyar Network.   The announcement was made during an event hosted by the Ministry of Finance of […]

The Role of Fiscal Transparency in Combating Corruption – Joint Statement to the International Anti-Corruption Summit

The Role of Fiscal Transparency in Combating Corruption Joint Statement to the International Anti-Corruption Summit May 13, 2016   Fiscal transparency is essential to fight corruption. Our experience, and that of many others like us, has shown that fiscal transparency reduces opportunities to misuse public money undetected and increases the likelihood that those who do […]