Innovations in Open Budget Practices in Francophone Countries
Regional focus and Francophonie - Roundtable
Dec. 8 2016 04:00 PM - 04:50 PM
Palais d'Iéna - Ventejol
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The panel discussion and will include three Ministers of Finance from such countries as Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, and Tunisia, as well as the Paris municipality. Panelists will share innovations in open budgeting practices from their countries, including transparency reforms and participatory budgeting, and the results that they are achieving from greater openness. They will also discuss opportunities to further advance transparency and accountability reforms, perhaps in the form of commitments made to the Open Government Partnership. With the sharing of innovations and learning in the Francophone Africa region and France, the discussion will showcase how innovation can occur in diverse contexts around the world.
The fifty minute-long session will include four senior speakers from a range of countries who are championing innovations in accountable and well-functioning budget systems. The interactive roundtable discussion will involve an experienced moderator who will focus the discussions on the following key questions:
Describe some of the innovations in open budget practices in your countries and the results achieved from the application of these practices?
What are the drivers of improvements in budget openness in your countries?
What are your planned next steps to further improve budget openness? What are your needs for peer review or technical support to achieve them and which are the priorities?
During the discussion, the moderator will also invite questions and comments from other participants in the audience, synthesize the discussion, and conclude with insights on how countries can be part of the OGP and make commitments in their national action plans to strengthen their fiscal governance systems so that they achieve improved development outcomes. The moderator will also invite questions and comments from other participants in the roundtable, synthesize the discussion, and conclude with insights on how countries can be part of the OGP and make commitments in their national action plans to strengthen their fiscal governance systems so that they achieve improved development outcomes.
Countries in Francophone Africa have demonstrated an impressive improvement in budget transparency, as shown in successive rounds of the Open Budget Survey implemented by the International Budget Partnership (IBP).
In this context, IBP and the French government are organizing a panel discussion at the global summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Paris that will focus on innovations in open budget practices in French-speaking countries, primarily from Africa. The discussion is meant to showcase positive stories on budget openness that have been documented in Francophone Africa and to consolidate and motivate further innovations and improvements in the ongoing positive trends in budget openness.
The panel discussion is being organized in recognition of the pivotal moment that Francophone countries are at in making their budget transparent and participatory. Countries in the region can continue to follow their current positive trajectory and achieve high levels of openness in their budgeting practices. This in turn can then enable government and citizens to fully benefit from the positive outcomes associated with open budgeting practices, including greater equity and effectiveness in the use of public resources and stronger trust in the state.