Special Advisor

Murray Petrie has worked as a consultant and civil society advocate for fiscal transparency and accountability since leaving the New Zealand Treasury in 1997. He helped draft the IMF’s 1998 Code of Good Practices on Fiscal Transparency and the accompanying Manual, and has since taken part in IMF fiscal transparency assessment and technical assistance missions in numerous countries. Murray has also consulted extensively for the World Bank on public financial management and transparency, and has advised the International Budget Partnership on the design of the Open Budget Survey. He completed the first four Open Budget Surveys of New Zealand as a civil society researcher. Murray helped found the NZ chapter of Transparency International in the late 1990s, and served for the next fifteen years in a variety of voluntary executive and Board roles. Murray has been technical advisor to GIFT since its start-up phase, and helped develop and draft the High Level Principles. He leads GIFT’s work on norms, including analysing fiscal transparency commitments by members of the Open Government Partnership, development of a new norm on public participation in fiscal policy, and scoping the interface between fiscal transparency and the environment.

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