Aiming to promote transparent, inclusive and accountable financial institutions, the Budget Strengthening Initiative (BSI) provides technical assistance in the area of public finance tailored to the needs of fragile states in the early stages of post-conflict transition.
Effective budget and public expenditure management helps empower citizens to access information on how their governments allocate and spend money, and ensure that local service delivery reaches marginalised communities. Building a relationship of trust with partners in Ministries of Finance of nations in early-stage transitions, the Budget Strengthening Initiative (BSI) builds capacity in all areas of public financial management. This includes establishing basic budgetary systems in low-capacity environments and helping partner countries that are prone to crises and setbacks manage domestic revenue and poorly coordinated aid flows.
BSI works with governments in South Sudan, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and also provides political advice for institution-building to the g7+ secretariat. We also generate and disseminate research and practical guidance on effective approaches to budgeting and public expenditure management. Working close partnership with governments, bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, we help ensure that we fill gaps in the assistance provided by other donors and stakeholders.