Praia, Jun 30 (Inforpress) – The Open Budget Survey (IOA), carried out in 2019 and in 117 countries, concluded that there were gaps in budget transparency in the analyzed budgets and little opportunity for the public to participate in policy making budgetary.
The survey, considered as the only comparative and independent measure of open budgets launched in May, was debated in Praia on Monday, through a Webinar promoted by Pro PALOP-TL ISC, with the aim of promoting the discussion, focusing not only on the results of OBS 2019, but also on the analysis of the instrument’s relevance in the context of the pandemic and its impact on the PALOP-TL and the world.
“Most governments do not have accountability systems and policies to make their budgets fully open to the public. There are gaps in budget transparency throughout the budget cycle, especially in the way that governments disclose their changes to budgets during implementation,” reveals the document.
According to the report, these failures are aggravated by the weak enforcement of legislative powers and auditors, and by the few opportunities for public contribution.