L'Afrique tient-elle ses promesses?


16 October - The Africa-focused briefing is now available in French. Click here pdf to find out about the extent to which African countries are meeting the spending targets.

From Numbers to Nurses: Why Budget Transparency, Expenditure Monitoring, and Accountability are Vital to the Post-2015 Framework

From Numbers to Nurses10 October 2014 - Today, on the sidelines of the the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC, Government Spending Watch (GSW), International Budget Partnership (IBP) and Oxfam are launching a joint paperpdfwhich identifies how vital ensuring budget transparency, monitoring, and accountability will be to the success of the Post-2015 development framework.

The post-2015 framework will contain the most ambitious set of development goals ever agreed and will require a significant increase in the effectiveness and efficiency of government spending. Bringing together available evidence and new quantitative analysis, this brief shows that budget transparency, expenditure monitoring and accountability can contribute to increases in spending towards, and better results related to, development goals. Whether or not this occurs crucially depends on data availability, space for civil society engagement, political will, and government capacity. Ensuring positive outcomes in the post-2015 agenda requires a “data revolution” in tracking government spending, aid and results.

Domestic Resource Trends for Education

Brown Pledging21 August - The "Financing Education for All: domestic resource trends for education in developing countries" brief pdf was produced by GSW to coincide with the Global Partnership for Education's (GPE) replenishment conference on 26th June 2014. GPE is the only multilateral partnership devoted to getting all children in the world's poorest countries into school and learning. This partnership of governments, civil society, international organisations, students, teachers unions, foundations, and the private sector together help developing countries access critical technical and financial resources, to achieve their education goals. On June 26th all partners met to pledge new resources for the period 2015-2018. The Global Campaign for Education (GCE), in partnership with Oxfam, DFI and GSW, presented the findings at high level panel attended by a variety of speakers, including, Gordon Brown UN Special Envoy for Education, Naana Opoko–Ayemang, Honourable Minister of Education, Ghana, alongside


Health Care For The Poorest: Are Governments Delivering On Their Commitments?

Health Care For The Poorest20 August - GSW produced “Providing health care for the world’s poorest: are governments delivering on their commitments?”, a brief pdf to inform and support Oxfam and partners health campaigning. Using GSW data it analyses progress by developing countries - with a focus on Africa - in meeting two key financial targets for health spending. It finds that far too many countries are not meeting these targets, and investment in health in many countries is not growing at a sufficiently ambitious level. It concludes that with less than 500 days to go to fulfill the MDGs, this is no time to be reducing or slowing down spending. Estimates suggest that in 2015 one million child deaths will still need to be prevented to achieve the MDG goal 4 of cutting child deaths by two-thirds. On current progress, the world will not meet MDG 4 until 2028, which is 13 years later than the target deadline. Meanwhile, to meet the target of reducing maternal mortality by two-thirds, progress would need to be quadrupled between now and 2015.  

Spending to Fight Inequality: Is Africa Keeping Its Promises?

Africa29 May - Fair and effective public services are a strong weapon in the fight against economic inequality. This Africa-focused briefing examines the extent to which African countries are meeting the spending targets that governments in the region have set for themselves at regional ministerial meetings. It shows that most African governments are falling far short of their pledges on agriculture, health, education and social protection. 

Equity of Spending Within Countries

Map5 May - At the request of multiple international organisations and CSOs, DFI has begun analysing breakdowns of spending by province, region or district within countries so as to assess whether spending is equitable in terms of being related to need, poverty or other indicators or factors. Analysis has so far been completed for Guatemala, India, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Spain and Uganda. A summary of findings will be posted on this site shortly. 

Disaggregated Education Data

unesco15 April - UNESCO have commission DFI to deepen the Government Spending Watch analysis of education spending by disaggregating it by level (pre-primary, primary, secondary, tertiary), type (capital, wages and non-wage recurrent) and funding source (government revenue and donors) for approximately 50 countries. The database and an analytical report will form a background paper for the 2014 Education for All Global Monitoring Report and be available thereafter on the GSW site as a public good.  

GSW Discussed in US

Screen Shot 2012-09-10 at 13.44.257-15 April - DFI held discussions with UN agencies and CSOs in Washington and New York about future cooperation on government spending data and analysis, as well as on ensuring that monitoring of government spending is a key component of the monitoring framework for the post-2015 global development goals. For more details please contact Matthew Martin. 

UNESCO Report Uses GSW Data

Unesco Publication17 March - Education related country budget and expenditure data contained in the joint DFI/Oxfam 2013 Report and the GSW database contributed to the work of analysis for the latest installment of the Education For All Global Monitoring Report published by UNESCO. The 2013/2014 report provides an update on the six Education For All goals, presents evidence that progress in education is vital for achieving post-2015 development goals and highlights the importance of strong policies to unlock the potential of teachers to help them face the global learning crisis. A summary of the UNESCO report is also available here as well as other related information.  

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