Type of SupportGeneral Support/Organization
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) leads a global campaign to promote transparency and citizen participation in decisions about how governments raise and spend revenues. In partnership with civil society organizations, state actors, international institutions, and the private sector, IBP undertakes research, training, and advocacy to ensure that budget decision-making processes are participatory and inclusive and that spending policies promote equity and justice. During this grant period, in addition to deepening transparency and civic engagement in budget processes, IBP will make necessary adjustments to their country strategies to ensure that country teams can engage effectively and timely with governments on COVID-19 spending decisions. The South Africa team has started an initiative to both enable residents of informal settlements in six major metropolitan centers to provide real-time feedback about gaps in water and sanitation services to their local governments and provide local governments with relevant data to effectively address those gaps.Given the centrality of government budgets in public service delivery, this grant serves several goals across GD&P. IBP’s budget analysis and expenditure tracking methods and tools are used by several issue- and sector-specific stakeholders including grantees in sexual and reproductive health, women’s economic empowerment, and water and sanitation to facilitate meaningful participation in public spending decisions. IBP’s open budget survey data is also used by governments, donors, and investors for decision making and by think tanks and other civil society organizations for analysis and advocacy. (Strategy: Transparency, Participation, and Accountability.)
About the Grantee
750 1st Street NE, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for strengthening social movements’ bargaining power in budgeting and service delivery in Senegal
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) leads a global campaign to promote transparency and citizen participation in decisions about how governments raise and spend revenues. In partnership with civil society organizations, state actors, international institutions, and the private sector, IBP undertakes research, training, and advocacy to ensure that budget decision-making processes are participatory and inclusive and that spending policies promote equity and justice. IBP’s Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge (SPARK) initiative partners with civil society organizations and social movements to help underserved groups understand the fiscal challenges behind poor service delivery and equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively advocate for improved public spending. SPARK combines the strength and momentum of large, “bottom-up” advocacy movements with the targeted public finance expertise and experience of IBP to improve basic services for vulnerable communities. In Senegal, the first phase of SPARK brought new actors — social movements — into the fiscal governance space to achieve improvements in budget allocations and service delivery in key sectors prioritized by marginalized groups. These social movements now have a set of capacities and a level of self-confidence that enable them to identify, engage with, and ultimately influence government decisions. During this grant period, in addition to transitioning from a program to a grounded, adaptive, and effective country office in Senegal, IBP will look to deepen and scale this work to ensure that fiscal governance and service delivery systems are more inclusive, responsive, and accountable to the needs of historically excluded groups, especially women and girls in Senegal. This includes officially registering IBP’s office in Senegal and acting as intermediary in the country to support our Inclusive Governance strategy’s grantmaking there.