The 2nd most open budget in the world

May 24th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

As it is Day, it is worth celebrating one thing – the quality and openness of the information. This year there is even a smartphone app for the Budget.

The International Budget Partnership collaborates with civil society around the world to analyze and influence public budgets in order to reduce poverty and improve the quality of governance.

They have a league table of how open budgets are and the top ten are:

  1. South Africa 92
  2. New Zealand 90
  3. UK 87
  4. France 87
  5. Norway 83
  6. Sweden 83
  7. US 82
  8. Chile 72
  9. Brazil 71
  10. South Korea 71

The bottom five are Chad, Iraq, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji and Sao Tome E Principe all on zero.

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16 Responses to “The 2nd most open budget in the world”

  1. TheContrarian (1,091 comments) says:

    I am surprised to see South Africa up there

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,290 comments) says:

    A large number of countries are not included, so implying we’re sixth in the World may be going a little too far.

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  3. Ed Snack (1,927 comments) says:

    I wonder how they rate the US Budget, given that they haven’t had an agreed budget for over three years now…

    I guess that they reckon that at least it was “transparently rejected”, seeing that Obama’s latest effort was unanimously voted down in both Congress and the Senate. Tell me, why is that not huge news, the Presidents budget proposal could not gain a single supporting vote in either house, and its a page 5 incidental note in the newspapers. Are US budgets that irrelevant ?

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  4. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Am I going blind or is Finland not there?

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  5. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    unanimously voted down in both Congress and the Senate

    ?

    Are you sure about that?

    But I would say it’s not big news because we are used to the clusterfuck called the U. S. Houses of Congress. Where, in the Senate, a one vote majority is actually a 10 vote minority.

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  6. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Anyway, it’s great to see DPF supporting organisations who produce outcomes like this (from their website):

    In South Africa, civil society work with Parliament effectively pressured the government to increase spending on child support for poor and low-income families, the core grant in the social safety net.

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  7. tom hunter (5,091 comments) says:

    Are US budgets that irrelevant ?

    They are when it’s a Democrat president being humiliated. Were they to have a “(R)” after their name you can guarantee that NZ’s news media would be all over it like a rash. More than that they’d probably go with the standard headline/soundbite, that the failure to get even a single vote from his own party in the Senate or House, showed the extremist and isolated nature of right-wing economic ideas and yada, yada, yada.

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  8. hmmokrightitis (1,595 comments) says:

    DPF, a nod in your benevolent direction from me, FWIW. I enjoy the fact that you tolerate the usual lefty suspects commenting here, as we can see their political bent openly and freely, with none of the threats or calls for physical violence I used to see directed at some commentators at the standard.

    Nice that we can have reasoned and reasonable debate, and that they can come here and bleat as much as they like, only getting slapped when they truly step over a line, not just merely for expressing an alternate view.

    Yet another reason why the standard doesnt see me anymore.

    Congrats to you DPF, just wanted to say that. Introduce my self at some point and buy you a beer :)

    And yes Luc, looking at you.

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  9. mikenmild (11,776 comments) says:

    I’m not sure that the budget votes in the House and senate actually have that much significance. Can someone explain the process, as I understand that a lot of these kinds of votes are jsut tactical moves?

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  10. Graeme Edgeler (3,290 comments) says:

    Finland is not there. Australia is not there. etc.

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  11. Graeme Edgeler (3,290 comments) says:

    p.s. don’t know why I said “sixth”.

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  12. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    No 1 Pigs arse I bet the ANC have got their grubby little fingers in the till. If everything adds up correctly I’m picking the books have been fiddled.

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  13. geo_kiwi (43 comments) says:

    Kia Ora

    I find the 2nd placing we have been assigned excessively generous and probably not in line with our falling ratings in other respects.

    For example we have slipped in Freedom of the Press ratings.

    I have personally noticed National has used the urgency clause to pass legislation at speed through Parliament more than 20 times since 2008. The previous Government used it 12 times in it’s three times.

    Whats the Government hiding?

    Rob

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  14. alloytoo (574 comments) says:

    How ANC budgeting works (or doesn’t)

    http://www.da.org.za/newsroom.htm?action=view-news-item&id=10697

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  15. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    hmmokrightitis (423) Says:

    May 24th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    And yes Luc, looking at you.

    Why, sir, thank you for your consideration. Bottoms up.

    with none of the threats or calls for physical violence

    You obviously haven’t been paying attention.

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  16. Zapper (1,028 comments) says:

    geo_kiwi

    Nothing. You can see exactly what is passed. And the Christchurch earthquake inflates that number.

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