BBL | All about the Money: Public Participation in Fiscal Policy

July 09, 2015
Room J7 044


The Global Partnership for Social Accountability with the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, the Community of Practice on Fiscal Transparency and the Governance Global Practice invite you to a BBL:


All about the Money: Public Participation in Fiscal Policy


Thursday July 9, 2015 | 12:30 - 2:00pm | Room J7-044
1919 H Street NW, Washington DC | Light lunch will be served
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Murray Petrie

Lead Technical Advisor, Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency


Vivek Ramkumar

Director, International Advocacy and Open Budget Initiative



Svetlana Klimenko

Lead Financial Management Specialist, World Bank



Olive Moore


Knowledge & Learning, Global Partnership for Social Accountability,
World Bank


While progress has been made in the area of fiscal transparency and budget information disclosure, in the two other essential pillars of good governance – public participation and accountability – further work is needed. Nowadays, ICT has lowered the cost of direct interaction between citizens, non-state actors and governments while also creating entirely new spaces for citizen-input and deliberation in government policy making, so they work together to address social, environmental and economic challenges and opportunities. However, there is still a lack of guidance on how public entities should undertake public participation on fiscal policy.


This BBL focuses on the importance of public participation which is considered to be a critical link in the chain between fiscal transparency and accountability.  Questions addressed during this BBL are:

  1. What are the main constraints to greater public participation in fiscal policy at the national level? What are the main opportunities for expanding public participation?

  2. What would a set of principles and good practices on public participation in fiscal policy look like?


The Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency has produced a document defining the scope of fiscal policy, setting out principles that should guide public participation with respect to fiscal policy, and finally enumerating good practices. Moreover, public participation has been established as a citizen right in the High Level Principles of Fiscal Transparency, Participation and Accountability promulgated by the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. Recognition of the importance of public participation is reflected in the increasing incorporation of public participation in major fiscal openness standards and norms, including the IMF Fiscal Transparency Code, the OECD Principles of Budgetary Governance, and the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Survey.



Murray Petrie

Murray Petrie is lead technical advisor to the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency. Since leaving the New Zealand Treasury in 1997 he has been a consultant to the World Bank, the IMF, and the International Budget Partnership, focusing on fiscal transparency, budget management, fiscal risk management, and public investment management. Murray helped found the NZ chapter of Transparency International in the late 1990s, co-directed the TINZ 2013 National Integrity Systems assessment, and completed the first four Open Budget Surveys of New Zealand. He has an MA (Hons) in economics from Canterbury University, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard, and a PhD in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington.


Vivek Ramkumar
Vivek Ramkumar joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in 2005 and is currently the Director of International Advocacy and the Open Budget Initiative. In this capacity, he oversees the IBP’s efforts to expand the adoption of transparent and accountable budget systems around the world. Additionally, he directs the IBP’s ongoing research initiatives that assess budget transparency in government. Ramkumar previously worked with the MKSS – an organization that pioneered the Right to Information movement in India. He also worked with a Mumbai-based nongovernmental organization called SPARC, which is part of the Shack/Slum Dwellers International. Ramkumar is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an MA from the London School of Economics.


Svetlana Klimenko
Svetlana Klimenko (CPA and ACCA), is a lead technical specialist in public sector governance, international accounting and auditing standards in the public and private sector, and capacity building initiatives in the Latin America and Caribbean region of the World Bank Group.  Prior to joining the World Bank Group Ms. Klimenko was a Manager (Audit and Assurance) in Deloitte, Washington D.C.


Olive Moore

Having worked for 12 years in participatory governance and human rights, Olive currently works with the GPSA leading their Knowledge and Learning initiatives. Previously Olive worked with Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Development Agency. As Coordinator of the Governance and Human Rights Programme she managed a team providing technical support to staff and CSO partners in 25 countries. In policy she worked on issues such as financing for development, aid effectiveness, MDGs and Post 2015, inequality and business and development. Prior to working with Trócaire, Olive worked with Amnesty International for four years advancing human rights based approaches in Ireland. Olive has also worked with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission. She has spent two years living and working in East Africa. In Dublin, Olive lectures occasionally and volunteers accompanying inner-city communities in monitoring the local authority on health and housing rights. Olive has a Degree in Political Science and a European Masters in Human Rights and Democratization.

Video Recording will be made available after the event.


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