IREDD RELEASES IBP’s Open Budget Survey 2019

Monrovia, May 4, 2020

The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) today, released the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP) Open Budget Survey 2019 with a call on the Liberian Government, particularly the country’s Ministry of Finance, the Legislature and the General Auditing Commission, to take concrete actions toward budget transparency, public participation and oversight. Speaking at the occasion, Harold m. Aidoo, executive director of IREDD, said actualization of the county’s development agenda, the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, can only be possible through the mechanism of a well-articulated budget that is transparent and participatory. Key findings for the Survey shows that Liberia has made little or no change in international ranking on central government budget transparency. The OBS considers three categories of analysis: Budget transparency is assessed in the OBS by the public availability and contents of eight key budget documents that all governments are expected to publish as per international standards. Specifically, the survey examines whether they are published online in a timely manner and the information is comprehensive.

  • The global average transparency score was 45 out of 100, short of the 61 considered the minimum threshold to foster an informed public debate.
  • Liberia scored 38.

Public participation is assessed based on formal opportunities for civic organizations and individuals to engage and provide input throughout the budget process.

  • The average global score for public participation is dismal: 14 out of 100.
  • Liberia scored 6.

Oversight is measured based on the role played by legislatures and supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in the budget process.

  • A score of 61 out of 100 is considered adequate oversight.
  • Liberia scored 48.