Principles and Guidance

About the GIFT Principles

One of GIFT‘s main streams of work is advancing norms on fiscal transparency. An important part of that effort was the drafting of the GIFT High-level Principles on Fiscal Transparency, Participation and Accountability that were recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 (UNGA Resolution 67/218). This resolution encouraged member states to intensify efforts to enhance transparency, participation and accountability in fiscal policies, including through the consideration of the principles set out by GIFT.

Given the limited guidance on how public entities should engage directly with the public in managing public resources (Principle 10), GIFT embarked on a substantial multi-year work program to generate greater knowledge about country practices and recent innovations in citizen engagement.

In 2016, after an extensive public consultation process, GIFT launched a new set of principles: Principles of Public Participation in Fiscal Policies.

In 2018, an Expanded Version of the High-Level Principles on Fiscal Transparency, Participation and Accountability was issued explaining the role played by the GIFT High-level Principles since 2012 in promoting greater fiscal transparency globally, as well as setting out the relationship between each of the high-level principles and the corresponding standards, norms, assessments, and country practices to which they relate. This version allows a quick overview of the multiplicity of instruments in relation to each other and finding effective entry points to the more detailed sources of information and guidance.

High-Level Principles on Fiscal Transparency

Principles of Public Participation in Fiscal Policies

Detailed explanation of the High-Level Principles

GIFT Guidance

GIFT creates impact by providing a platform for the alignment of global norms and standards in fiscal openness. Over the years, the organization has also led the development of several guidance documents and tutorials on fiscal transparency and public participation, more specifically on open data, user-centered design for digital tools, and fiscal data in emergency responses.

 

Fiscal Data for Emergency Response: Guide for COVID-19

Fiscal Data for Emergency Response: Guide for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many governments to launch emergency spending and tax policy measures to mitigate the potentially catastrophic…


Making Tax Work - draft as of Aug 2020

Making Tax Work - draft as of Aug 2020

Authors: Richard Murphy and Andrew Baker The objective of the Making Tax Work project is to establish a basis for…


Case Studies

#PublicParticipationCases

 

Open budget workshops (presupuestoabierto.gt)
Guatemala

Open budget workshops (presupuestoabierto.gt) Guatemala

This case was produced by Julio Herrera jherrera@redciudadana.org.gt and Mariana Cordón mcordon@redciudadana.org.gt from Red Ciudadana. Open Budget –presupuestoabierto.gt– is a…


Philippines: Bottom up / Participatory Core Budgets

Philippines: Bottom up / Participatory Core Budgets

The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands in Southeast Asia, with a population of…


Participatory budgeting in Germany Wuppertal

Participatory budgeting in Germany Wuppertal

This case was produced by Michelle Ruesch, Zebralog: ruesch@zebralog.de | Julia Kohake, Stadt Wuppertal: Julia.Kohake@stadt.wuppertal.de The “Bürgerbudget Wuppertal” (Participatory Budget…


Visual Citizen Audit Program in Colombia

Visual Citizen Audit Program in Colombia

Colombian constitution and laws require that mining royalties be transferred to sub-national governments and allocated to public works in areas…


SOCIAL AUDITS IN KENYA

SOCIAL AUDITS IN KENYA

Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), a CSO based in Mombasa, has been monitoring expenditures under the Constituency Development Fund (now…


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