Open Budget Survey 2019 (Presentation)
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Government budget decisions—what taxes to levy, what services to provide, and how much debt to take on—affect how equal a society is and the well being of its people, including whether the most disadvantaged will have real opportunities for a better life. It is critical that governments inform and engage the public on these vital decisions that impact their lives. The Open Budget Survey (OBS) is the world’s only independent, comparative and fact-based research instrument that uses internationally accepted criteria to assess public access to central government budget information; formal opportunities for the public to participate in the national budget process; and the role of budget oversight institutions such as the legislature and auditor in the budget process. The survey helps local civil society assess and confer with their government on the reporting and use of public funds. This 7th edition of the OBS covers 117 countries. This presentation covers Sri Lanka’s performance in this round of the survey, a comparison against past performance and regional peers, and key recommendations to improve budget practices.
29 slides. This presentation was prepared and delivered by Lahiri Jayasinghe at the virtual press briefing held to disseminate the results of the 2019 OBS Survey.
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