Using Social Accountability to link public spending and service delivery outcomes
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Although the increased availability of government data is an important first step towards enhancing budget transparency, it is not enough to provide citizens with a precise answer on how their investments in education, health, nutrition, and livelihoods, among others, translate into concrete outcomes on the ground. Ghana, like many other countries around the world, has made significant progress in releasing budget data. However, the country still faces challenges in determining whether funds allocated are spent as planned and whether they reach the intended beneficiaries. A key frontier question is how government and other accountability institutions - Supreme Audit Institutions, Ombudsman, Parliament and media - can leverage civil society organizations to enhance external oversight of public expenditure management.
In this BBL, George Osei-Bimpeh, Country Director of SEND-Ghana and GPSA Grantee for the project "Making the Budget Work for Ghana", will share their innovative and holistic approach for following the flow of funds from national budget allocation to service delivery. He will discuss potential entry points for collaboration with government to jointly address the question: Where does the money go? Also, he will elaborate on further steps:
- Once the channels for collaboration are established, what can CSOs do to help a government investigate how the funds flow through the system, to identify inefficiencies, bottlenecks and possible solutions?
- What are the challenges for this kind of collaboration to take place?
- What are the necessary steps to move from successful pilots to institutionalization of this process?
Mr. George Osei-Bimpeh is the Country Director of SEND Ghana and a development practitioner. Under his leadership, SEND-GHANA has implemented a number of social accountability projects to promote transparency and accountability in the budget process and the implementation of pro-poor government development interventions in Ghana. George has expertise and experience in Budget Tracking and Advocacy; Performance Monitoring and Program Development; and leading teams in the design and implementation of Social Accountability projects; Application of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation framework for monitoring the implementation of pro-poor programs; Knowledge on CSOs community in Ghana and Africa; and Coordinating activities in a multi-stakeholder environment with state and non-state actors in public policy making processes, among others.
Ramkumar joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in 2005 and currently is 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.
Marcos Mendiburu is a Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank. His areas of expertise include transparency, citizen participation and accountability reforms. Within the broader framework of promoting governance reforms, he has focused on initiatives fostering access to public information through policy dialogue, technical assistance, and knowledge and learning in Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, including managing the IDF component that set up of the Latin American Network of Access to Information Oversight Bodies (RTA). Additionally, he assists in WB efforts in support of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), particularly around knowledge exchange and support to country engagement. He also contributes to the Knowledge Component of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), which explores the collaboration between CSO efforts on social accountability and horizontal accountability institutions. He earned a Masters degree in Public and International Affairs, with a major in Economic and Social Development from GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh. He also pursued graduate studies in International Relations in Argentina, at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), where he also worked for approximately five years.
Country Director SEND GHANA
Director of International Advocacy and Open Budget Initiative International Budget Partnership
Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank