Budget and Revenue Monitoring

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Gellner room
Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 12:00am
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Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 12:00am to Sunday, April 25, 2004 - 12:00am

The background of the workshop "Lessons Learned and Future Directions in Budget and Revenue Monitoring" was the dramatic growth in civil society engagement in government budgeting since the early 1990's in both low and middle-income developing and transition countries. Groups were engaging in a broad range of activities, including simplifying the budget and building debate, providing budget training, measuring budgetary impacts and research.

While this body of experience was accumulating, significant interest and funds were directed towards monitoring governments' use of revenues coming from the sale of natural resources. OSI and the Caspian Revenue Watch supported two groups to monitor oil revenues in the Caspian Sea region (the Public Finance Monitoring Center in Azerbaijan and the Public Policy Research Center in Kazakhstan) and were envisaging supporting revenue groups in other regions as well.

The aim of the workshop was to determine what was to be learned from the experiences of budget advocates in order to help enhance the policy influence of (existing and potential) natural resource monitoring groups (specializing in oil and gas revenues monitoring).

A paper containing these lessons was published by CPS jointly with Open Society Institute Revenue Watch Program in
November 2004.