Budget Information Openness Index

Organization(s)

Indonesia Forum for Budget Transparency (SekNas FITRA)

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Basic Project Information

SekNas FITRA designed a local government budget transparency index, and worked to build civil society capacity to analyze budgets and advocate for changes.

Project Summary

Objectives

Improve civil society oversight and leverage over the utilization of the public service budget

  • Increase the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to analyze budgets and conduct local level policy advocacy
  • Increase citizen control over budget planning

Summary

SekNas FITRA designed and implemented a comprehensive program to assess local government budget transparency and build civil society capacity to analyze budgets and advocate for changes. The program, which is a component of the USAID Strengthening Integrity and Accountability Program, included the following components:

  • Creating of a subnational budget openness index to assess local governments’ performance on implementing the law on budget openness and disclosure
  • Building local CSO and citizen capacity to analyze budgets, influence budget allocations, and push for greater openness
  • Implementing monthly budgeting forums convening CSO representatives and public officials
  • Supporting local CSOs to develop a budget brief presenting a “pro-poor, pro-gender equality” alternative budget

The project team searched local government websites, which are a key way to disclose information, and found that the vast majority of documents were not published, with only five of 131 local governments having published all 12 of the required budget documents on the internet. In addition, websites for 11 of the 131 local governments surveyed could not be accessed, and urban areas generally had better disclosure regimes than rural areas.

Use of Information Communication Technology

Yes - Index was completed through website tracking

Scale

131 districts and cities across 5 provinces 

Target Population

Citizens and community groups, including women and marginalized groups
Results

Evaluation

No formal evaluation conducted

Results Methodology

Self-reported results

Indicators Used

  • Level of civil society bargaining position with regard to utilization of the public service budget
  • Appropriateness of stakeholder group recruited for local committee activities
  • Number of CSOs trained on conducting creative policy advocacy, conducting national budget advocacy, and monitoring budget planning and parliamentary action
  • Number of government or other key stakeholder responses to CSO-led campaigns or actions
  • Effectiveness of CSO policy advocacy strategies
  • Existance of civil society-produced alternative budget proposal

Reported Results

  • Greater community ability to join in the planning process
  • Increased space for local CSOs in mass media
  • Improved reputation of local CSOs as leaders in project areas
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