First South Asian regional launch of the findings of the Open Budget Index (OBI)

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) along with the International Budget Partnership (IBP), a Washington DC based non-profit organization and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA), a regional network based at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh organized the first South Asian regional launch of the findings of the Open Budget Index (OBI) in Colombo on 24-25th November 2010. The launch and subsequent discussions were attended by members of the executive, legislature and civil society from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

The Open Budget Index and Survey is an initiative of the IBP, which focuses primarily on the availability and public access to eight key documents in the national budget process across 94 countries. The documents are the Executive’s Budget Proposal, Citizens Budget, Pre- Budget Statement, the Enacted Budget, In and Year-End Reports, Mid-Year Review and the Audit Report. The Survey findings for each country were generated by a researcher for each country, two independent and anonymous peer reviewers per country and the IBP. The research on Sri Lanka was conducted by CPA.

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Centre for Policy Alternatives

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was formed in 1996 in the firm belief that there is an urgent need to strengthen institution- and capacity-building for good governance and conflict transformation in Sri Lanka and that non-partisan civil society groups have an important and constructive contribution to make to this process. Focusing primarily on issues of governance and conflict resolution, CPA is committed to programmes of research and advocacy through which public policy is critiqued, alternatives identified and disseminated.