Warren Krafchik - Director of the International Budget Project at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Vivek Ramkumar - Manager, Open BudgetInitiative, International Budget Partnership
Andrew Lawson - Director Fiscus Limited
Andrew Bird - Principal Consultant, Council Adviser, Mokoro
The IBP’s just published Open Budget Survey 2010 is a comprehensive analysis and survey that evaluates whether central governments in 94 countries give the public access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process. The Survey also examines the ability of legislatures and auditors to hold the government accountable.
The Open Budget Survey is the only independent, comparative, and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world. It is implemented by budget experts who are not beholden to any national government and rigorously vetted to produce a substantial and reliable dataset available on the current state of budget transparency. The 2010 Survey is the third round of the Survey; the first implementation of the Survey in 2006 covered 59 countries, and in 2008 the Survey evaluated 85 countries.
The panel will present and analyse the findings of this years survey.