This chapter presents an overview of the current state of knowledge on the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) in public budget processes. This study is primarily a literature review.
The chapter begins with a discussion of three inter-related concepts: transparency, accountability, and participation. The following section discusses the expected impacts and assumptions underlying TAIs in budget processes. Section 2 presents evidence of their impact and effectiveness, Section 3 notes the various methods used to assess and evince impact, Section 4 discusses which factors contribute to impact, Section 5 highlights existing gaps, and Section 6 presents an annotated bibliography.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK. 28 pp.