Publications | ELLA
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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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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