GIFT Newsletter #37 / May 2019
 From Fiscal 
 to Social Impact 
The GIFT members firmly believe that fiscal transparency can contribute to higher objectives, such as fiscal sustainability, improved policies and, eventually, improving peoples’ lives. That is why we strive, not just for transparency, but for better forms and contents of published fiscal information that spark use and encourage closing the feedback loop of the policy cycle. We need data, but we also need data users and upmost we need responsive governments that are willing to dialogue openly and acknowledge the value of public inputs.
Is Fiscal Transparency Really Relevant to Improve Public Spending?
May 31
We are working to better document how fiscal transparency can induce public participation and how this can be transformed into better public policies. The relation among this causality is complex and elusive, but when the elements exist, it is possible to observe a trend from transparency to better development outcomes, GIFT´s theory of change.
this post you can read three short impact stories from Argentinean budget for gender-based violence, Indonesian budget allocations for HIV and Mexican projects for sustainable urban mobility.
How can Artificial Intelligence and Spending Data help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
May 18

We have launched an exciting new project with the Alan Turing Institute to get spending open data to better use. The Policy Priority Inference simulates dynamics of development-indicator data. The model is strengthened by using spending data, allowing to produce policy advice, comparing inputs and outputs from the country against other successful countries on certain matter.

The spending data will be fed through the Open Fiscal Data Package, allowing governments who have adopted the schema to benefit from this model.

Strengthening organizations and activists in budget analysis with a gender approach
By Carmen Ryan and Julieta Izcurdia from ACIJ / May 30

When the time comes to analyze the budget with a gender perspective, something fundamental is the capacity and knowledge that organizations, activists and specialists have on the gender gaps. ACIJ, organization dedicated to the defense of human rights, has undertaken the fundamental task of creating the complementary capacities to use and interpret budget data for advocacy and impact in the policy agenda. The guide created offers tools to analyze the budget based on a problem or violation of women's rights. It has a theoretical section and a practical section. The first one explains the budget cycle, identification of the information provided by the documents of each stage and the opportunities for advocacy. The practical section proposes a methodology to analyze the normative framework and existing public programs or policies, parting from identifying a problem or violation of rights. These are thematic focused budget literacy efforts. Read more about their new manual for activists and civil society organizations (in Spanish, please use Google translate for other languages).

GIFT will be part of Advancing Open Government Partnership Thematic Priorities

May 25

We are proud to announce that the GIFT network has been selected as one of the groups to advance OGP thematic priorities and supporting participation and co-creation through the Multi Donor Trust Fund. At the Canada 2019 OGP Summit, the first ever cohort of awardees for this program was announced, with the thematic areas each will focus on:

• Fiscal Openness –
Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT)
• Open Contracting – Hivos
• Natural Resource Governance, Gender and Social Inclusion – Natural Resource Governance Institute
• Anti-corruption – Open Data Charter
• Beneficial Ownership – Open Ownership
• Water and Sanitation – Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
• Climate Change – World Resources Institute

These awardees were chosen through an extensive and competitive selection process. We are grateful, proud and ready to continue working close to the OGP community and with the rest of the selected groups, looking at complementarities and cooperative approaches to address similar challenges.

 From Fiscal Transparency to More Sustainable Cities: Case in Mexico 
Some public programs are designed as the result of the political realm, besides any possible technical propositions and considerations. Pork barrel funds are a reality, in developing countries, as well as in developed ones. This was the case of the Metropolitan Development Fund in Mexico.
Read full blog post!

 The GIFT Coordination Team is getting stronger 

The GIFT Coordination Team is delighted to welcome Aicha Karafi who is joining GIFT as Public Financial Management Technical Adviser for Francophone countries. Aicha counts with a long-time and successful career at the Tunisian Ministry of Finance where she has held positions with important responsibilities from monitoring, to audits, studies and reforms, including being the Director General for the unit of large public enterprises. More recently, she was Director General in charge of the Central Office for IT methodology and organizations as well as regional coordination at the MoF. In her capacity, Aicha has also administered several training courses related to audits, fiscal management and public finances in prestigious institutions such as The School for Public Administration (ENA) and the National Judicial Institute. Aicha is also an active civil society member and President of the Local Governance Association. She holds several degrees including a Bachelor from the Institute of Higher Commercial Studies (IHEC) and a masters from ENA.

 We are so excited the team is getting stronger with Aicha’s important addition! 
Open Contracting: Getting Better Value for Money
Lindsey Marchessault
May 13
Open contracting is a new approach that (1) transforms government contracting from secrecy to publishing open, accessible and timely contracting data, (2) engages citizens, businesses, and government to identify and fix problems, and (3) has already demonstrated substantial results in improved value for money, competition, and service delivery outcomes to governments that have adopted it. Read the complete PFM blog and do not doubt contacting Open Contracting Partnership to advance openness in public procurement in your country or city.
Request for Country Examples of Gender Responsive Budgeting
May 29
The PEFA Secretariat recently published for public consultation a PEFA supplementary framework for assessing gender responsive budgeting (GRB). As they take next steps towards finalizing the framework, they are seeking assistance in presenting country examples of good practices in using different PFM tools to promote gender equality. Specifically looking in the following subjects: 
  1. Ex ante gender impact assessments of budget policies
  2. Gender assessments of investment proposals   
  3. Gender responsive budget circular
  4. Gender responsive budget documentation
  5. Sex-disaggregated performance information
  6. Gender sensitive legislative scrutiny of budgets
  7. Tracking budget expenditure for gender equality
  8. Gender responsive procurement
  9. Sex-disaggregated data in annual financial reports
  10. Ex post gender impact assessments of budget policies

And on the same topic, see the blog on Performance Evaluation of Gender Budgeting in Canada published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD), a Canadian think-tank sitting at the nexus of public finance and state institutions.
Please contact the GIFT coordination team at if you have an experience to share. The country examples will be featured in the PEFA GRB framework guidance.
We were glad to see you at Open Government Partnership global summit the las week of May. Here are some photos in advance and expect more detailed brief of what happened in the next newsletter!
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