In this post, I would like to talk a bit about the International Budget Partnership (IBP). As they say on their website, IBP works with civil society organizations to make budgets transparent and accessible. One of their products is the Open Budget Index (OBI). The OBI ranks budgets of central governments on transparency. The narrow focus of the index makes it easy to understand and measure, and be consistent over the years. The website has nearly a decade worth of data. The index is presented every two years (except, it seems, 2015) which makes for a decent amount of time for the countries evaluated to make any changes and be measured again soon.
While I was a graduate student, I tried to evaluate whether there was a causal link between budget transparency and free trade – does having higher central budget transparency correlate to being part of more free trade agreements. There was no correlation.
Closer to home, there was an attempt to make budgeting transparent and accessible in the City of Toronto. I had approached the organizer to have a similar event in the City of Mississauga, but received no response.
If you are interested in organizing an event around open budgeting in Mississauga, (or for Peel Region), please get in touch!