Budget transparency and oversight

Budget transparency can limit opportunities for the budget to be misused to serve vested interests. Governments and health authorities need to publish regularly updated information on health budgets and performance at the national and local levels and ideally by individual clinics. The information needs to be published in easy-to-understand formats and in plain language to enhance transparency and possibilities for public scrutiny. Participatory budgeting has also been used as a tool to enhance transparency and accountability by providing citizens with an opportunity to participate in the budget from the formulation stage. Government departments, hospitals, health insurance entities and other agencies handling health resources also need to be subject to robust oversight mechanisms. Regular external and internal audits can help ensure budgets are allocated and spent appropriately.


Iñaki Albisu Ardigó; Marie Chêne


Matthew Jenkins

Contributing experts:

Umrbek Allakulov (Water Integrity Network)

Shaazka Beyerle (US Institute of Peace)

Simone Bloem (Center for Applied Policy)

Claire Grandadam (Water Integrity Network)

Jacques Hallak (Jules Verne University – Amiens)

Mihaylo Milovanovitch (Centre For Applied Policy)

Muriel Poisson (International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO)

Juanita Riano (Inter-American Development Bank)

Marc Y. Tassé (Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption)

Vítězslav Titl (University of Siegen)

Davide Torsello (Central European University Business School)

Patty Zakaria (Royal Roads University)



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