WHAT WE SEEK TO ACHIEVE
Contribute to achieving concrete improvements in user-centered fiscal transparency and public participation practices in line with international standards. We will accomplish so through the development of the following actions:
A) Peer-collaboration and technical assistance for Stewards
How it works
Over the past five years, the GIFT network has successfully used this model of technical collaboration and peer-exchanges, including dialogue with civil society users of information. We expect to host one annual training and peer-exchange event in which representatives of the 19 governments and 15 civil society organizations participate. The topic for each event will be defined collaboratively through the Network and taking into consideration the trends analysis of the action plans included in the dashboard. We will also produce regular peer-exchange opportunities in person and online (through webinars or similar tools), depending on the best areas of collaboration among Stewards. The first set of five webinars for 2020 will focus on the production, dissemination and use of non-financial performance information, including the focus on thematic areas of gender, environmental finances and the SDGs.
B) Fiscal Openness Massive Open Online Course
How it works
Online course on fiscal transparency that can enable governments and other stakeholders to better understand the standards assessed as well as the steps they can take to improve their practices in line with those of other governments that have achieved high levels of transparency, addressing users’ needs. The online course would be open for governments (including parliament technical staff and audit institutions representatives) who are assessed but also by other stakeholders (such as donor agencies and civil society groups) who are interested in advancing their knowledge on fiscal transparency and their potential contributions to the efforts needed in their countries.
C) Targeted technical assistance
How it works
Targeted technical assistance with peer-learning for improving fiscal openness happens upon partners request. Different from action 1.1, this technical assistance requires more in-depth and specific support to a government or civil society organization from inside or outside of the GIFT Network. This technical collaboration entails engaging fiscal openness experts and peer practitioners, including opportunities for discussions with international peers on how to improve fiscal openness and overcome barriers. In this form, we are currently supporting Mongolia and from 2020 we will support Benin, Liberia and Nigeria.
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