Advancing Fiscal Transparency for Development Online Course
The Advancing fiscal transparency for development course is offered by the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), made possible, through generous funding from the United States Department of State. This course is designed to assist countries in advancing and institutionalizing improvements in fiscal transparency. It covers what fiscal transparency means; why it is important; who the key actors are; best practice norms and standards; how it is measured as well as how it can be enhanced.
To do this, it draws on the unique diversity of the GIFT network, utilizing expertise from international organizations, including the International Budget Partnership, where GIFT is housed; International Monetary Fund; World Bank; Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability secretariat; Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; International Federation of Accountants; Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative; and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; as well as the knowledge and experience of GIFT steward practitioners that have advanced fiscal transparency policies and practices in their respective countries, thereby providing opportunities for peer learning emanating from the numerous examples of concrete steps that countries have taken to successfully increase fiscal transparency.
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The Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) was founded in 2011 by the International Budget Partnership, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Governments of Brazil and the Philippines as a nonprofit action network to respond to the deficit of publicly available and meaningful information about public finances worldwide. The network is composed of over 20 budget government agencies; numerous civil society organizations, international organization networks as well as funders. Through advocacy, high-level dialogue, peer-learning, technical collaboration, innovation and research, GIFT helps harmonize the normative architecture of fiscal transparency norms and standards; and facilitates dialogue between governments, civil society organizations, international financial institutions and other stakeholders; in order to find and share solutions to challenges in fiscal transparency and participation.
More information can be found here on the GIFT Network.