The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs awarded a grant to IBP and GIFT for piloting public participation mechanisms in fiscal policies at national level in selected African countries. The main objective of the project is to build the technical capacity of a number of governments to implement mechanisms for public participation in the fiscal policies cycle at the national level. Over a period of 36 months, the grant will allow IBP and GIFT to ensure technical collaboration and support to Benin, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, to establish meaningful and practical public participation mechanisms and create opportunities for dialogue between civil society and public finance authorities on the use of public resources.
As part of this effort, IBP and GIFT held a Building Public Participation in Budgeting workshop in Washington in July, with the attendance of representatives from budget offices from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, and South Africa. The workshop set the basis for a fruitful conversation and provided extremely valuable information for the project. It also confirmed that these GIFT member governments are part of a growing community that shares the commitment to promoting public participation with impact in public finances.
There will be many opportunities and ways in which you can join the Fiscal Openness Accelerator! Stay tuned!