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How Can We Bridge the Gap Between Citizens and State? Findings from the Open Budget Survey 2017

January 31, 2018 | 9:00 to 11:00 ET, 14:00 to 16:00 GMT
J-B1-080, World Bank Group

Join with government officials, policymakers, civil society representatives, and others for a discussion on the latest findings from the Open Budget Survey 2017 on the state of government budget transparency and accountability in 115 countries around the world. Which countries have made progress and which have regressed? What drives improvements and regressions in budget transparency, participation, and accountability? What can reformers both in and outside government do to encourage and sustain more open and accountable budgets? In the current context of growing distrust in democratic institutions, shrinking civic space, and retreating democratic engagement, we will examine how improving countries’ public finance systems and practices can be an important step in bridging the gap between citizens and their governments.

Speakers

Minister of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Mamuka Bakhtadze

Minister of Finance of Georgia

Undersecretary of Expenditures, Mexico

Chief, Public Financial Management II Division at the Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund

Director - Accountable Development Finance, Oxfam America, USA

Senior Director of Policy, International Budget Partnership

John Parke Young Professor of Global Political Economy, Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California

Former Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Development and Democracy, National Security Council, The White House

Jan Walliser

Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank Group