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Budget Transparency in Europe and Central Asia: Has the Train Stopped?

May 2, 2018

Online

  • RECORDING | PRESENTATION

    Good governance norms and standards emphasize greater transparency, participation and accountability in government matters. However, the results of the 2017 Open Budget Survey reveal that “efforts to make budgets more transparent have stalled for the first time in a decade.” The quantity and quality of engagement of non-executive actors in decision making and oversight processes concerning government revenues and expenditures has waned, and this undercuts citizens’ ability to hold their governments to account. 

    During this session, the Senior Technical Advisor at the International Budget Partnership, and the Program Officer for Asia provided an assessment of the performance of countries in Europe and Central Asia in three areas; transparency, public participation and budgetary oversight. Mitchell O’Brien, Senior Governance Specialist at the World Bank gave an overview of some of the Bank’s work to address the challenges highlighted by the Open Budget Initiative, especially in the area of strengthening legislative scrutiny and oversight in select countries in the region.

    Participants learned the methodology used by the Open Budget Initiative, trends in ECA countries’ performance in the Open Budget Survey, and what the Bank is doing to improve budget transparency in select countries in the ECA region.

  • CHAIR

    Roby Senderowitsch, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia - West, World Bank 

    OPENING REMARKS

    Stephen R. Davenport, Senior Governance Specialist, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

    SPEAKERS

    Elena Mondo, Senior Technical Advisor, Open Budget Initiative, International Budget Partnership 

    Sally Torbert, Program Officer for Asia, Open Budget Initiative, International Budget Partnership 

    Mitchell O’Brien, Senior Governance Specialist Governance Global Practice