Publications | ELLA
16
Jan
2015
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Does Participatory Budgeting have an Effect on the Quality of Public Services? The Case of Peru’s Water and Sanitation Sector

Using econometric techniques, complemented by qualitative analysis, the authors of this Working Paper conclude that particpatory budgeting does not achieve an improvement in water and sanitation coverage and service quality in Peru.

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12
Dec
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Measuring Open Data’s Impact of Brazilian National and Sub-national Budget Transparency Websites and its Impacts on People’s Rights

This exploratory research from the Brazilian Institute for Socioeconomic Studies is designed to contribute to increasing knowledge about open data in Brazil. The research is divided into two stages, namely, a quantitative and a qualitative stage.

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12
Aug
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

ELLA Budget and Public Policies Knowledge Materials now available in Spanish

We are pleased to announce that the Guide and Briefs on this theme have been translated into Spanish and are now available on the website.

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11
Aug
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

The "State-of-the-Art" of State-Owned Enterprises in Brazil

Forming part of a wider study on the Hidden Corners of Public Finance, this case study examines what information on state-owned enterprises in Brazil is publicly available, and what oversight mechanisms are in place, to assess the transparency and accountability of public spending in this area.

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23
Jun
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Strengthening the Capacities of Parliaments in the Budget Process

This policy brief from the Inter-American Development Bank looks at how parliamentary budget offices (PBOs) can enable parliaments in Latin American and Caribbean countries to more effectively influence budgetary matters and fiscal policy.

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27
Mar
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 1: Strengthening the Legal Framework to Ensure Transparency and Access to Information

Module 1 of the Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight discussed howFreedom of Information Acts, regional institutions and civil society initiatives have helped advance the right to information and set strong bases for civil society to work on improving social justice.

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27
Mar
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 2: Innovative Measures to Promote Citizen Oversight

Module 2 discussed examples of innovative measures for promoting citizen oversight in Latin America, and participants reflected on how elements of these practices could be replicated in their own countries.

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27
Mar
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 3: Improving Government Accountability through Mechanisms for Citizen Participation

Module 3 discussed how Latin American participatory mechanisms have improved government accountability, increased involvement of civil society in decision-making processes and strengthened alliances between citizens and their representatives.

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19
Mar
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Improving Social Well-Being Through New Democratic Institutions

Using data from Brazil’s largest cities over the last 20 years, Michael Touchton and Brian Wampler evaluate the role of a new type of democratic institution, participatory budgeting (PB), for improving citizens’ well-being.

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22
Feb
2013
REVIEW

ELLA Expert Review: Budget and Public Policies

Here Ezequiel Nino, Co-director of the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia, offers his reaction to the ELLA knowledge materials on Budgets and Public Policy.

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11
Oct
2012
MULTIMEDIA

VIDEO: Citizens Budgets: Spotlight on Guatemala and Venezuela

How can complex budget information be transformed and presented in an easy-to-understand way? This video highlights how Venezuela and Guatemala are using Citizen Budgets to do just that.

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5
Oct
2012
MULTIMEDIA

VIDEO: Latin America’s Budget Transparency Portals

Through their online Budget Transparency Portals, Brazil and Peru are leading the way in enhancing transparency and accountability in public spending.

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12
Dec
2011
BRIEF

Citizen Assessment of Budget Transparency: The Latin American Budget Transparency Index

Latin American civil society organisations have created the first budget transparency index that measures not only if budget information has been published, but if that information is useful. What’s more, it does so by surveying the users of budget information themselves.

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30
Nov
2011
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Participatory Budgeting

Latin American countries pioneered Participatory Budgeting, an innovative mechanism enabling citizens to decide how public funds will be spent. This selection highlights some of the latest and most relevant publications on the topic in Latin America, including country case studies, regional surveys and implementation guides.

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30
Nov
2011
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Budgets and Human Rights

In the last decade, CSOs and local governments in Latin America have developed budget analysis and design methodologies that incorporate a human rights approach to assess the degree to which governments’ budgets and public policies work towards the fulfilment of human rights. This selection highlights some of the key publications in this emerging field, including guides and tool-kits; methodologies for budget analysis of specific rights like health, education and the rights of children; and country case studies, that focus on specific countries but look at a variety of rights.

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15
Nov
2011
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: Social Control Mechanisms in Supreme Audit Institutions

Increasingly, Latin American Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) are creating mechanisms to involve citizens in the oversight process. This selection highlights key publications about these social control mechanisms.

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15
Nov
2011
SPOTLIGHT ON ORGANISATIONS

Spotlight on Organisations: Government Oversight and Supreme Audit Institutions

This Spotlight highlights key Latin American and international organisations working to support improved oversight of public spending, focusing on the resources they offer to development actors from other regions.

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14
Nov
2011
BRIEF

Participatory Budgeting: Citizen Participation for Better Public Policies

Latin American countries pioneered participatory budgeting - an innovation to let citizens decide how public funds will be spent. First launched in Brazil in 1989, PB is now implemented in more than 2,500 local governments in 15 countries in the region.

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14
Nov
2011
BRIEF

The Latin American Approach to Improving Public Spending Oversight

To enhance oversight of public spending, Latin American countries strengthened their Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), including by involving citizens in their monitoring efforts. As a result, SAIs have recovered large sums of money and thousands of citizens now participate actively in the auditing process.

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14
Nov
2011
BRIEF

Mexico City's Innovation: Budgeting with a Human Rights Approach

In 2009, the Mexico City government implemented an innovative budgeting approach – the first of its kind – to specifically link the budget with human rights. As a result, 75% of the Mexico City budget is now tied to implementing specific actions to promote human rights.

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14
Nov
2011
GUIDE

Improving Policy Impact in Latin America Through the Budget

Latin American countries are at the forefront of pushing through innovative budget reforms to improve policy impact. From results-based budgets, to transparency portals, to participatory budgeting, Latin America's experience is useful for any country seeking to improve the impact of public spending.

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