Last week I wrote about the International Budget Project’s Open Government Partnership program. Rakesh Rajani, head of Twaweza, spoke at the OGP launch at the UN in New York. Rakesh is a passionate advocate of open information, open societies, and open government, and this article is an edited version of his presentation.
The core of government is the budget — it’s what structures how private resources get translated into public ones, or redistributed in some form. Sometimes, of course, that redistribution is to the pockets of government employees! So democratic government ought to imply that people are heavily involved in the budget process, including monitoring those flows. … Continue reading