by Rebecca Simson
International Budget Partnership, 2014
Case study findings suggest that countries with greater budget transparency spend public funds in more progressive ways. Theorists argue that greater budget transparency allows for better public engagement in the budget process, making politicians more sensitive to broad-based public interests such as those promoted by the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) agenda. Such literature also suggests that, in more transparent countries, higher spending can produce stronger MDG outcomes, as parliamentary and public engagement ensures that a higher proportion of promised funds are delivered to their intended destinations.