Participatory and transparent budgeting for improving social accountability and reducing corruption: experiences from the WASH sector
This project is part of the WIN/ U4 initiative ?Participatory and transparent budgeting for improving social accountability and reducing corruption: experiences from the WASH sector?. The project focuses on anti-corruption and service quality outcomes of participatory and transparent budgeting (PTB) as social accountability intervention and will entail three country case studies (Ethiopia, Nepal, Philippines) with primary data collection. IWMI will conduct the research for the Nepal case study. PTB is used as a general term to encompass a broad range of mechanisms. In addition to incorporating participatory budgeting, it includes ?improving access to and quality of information on local budgets, monitoring public expenditures, informing and educating the public on the budget process, and forming civic groups that participate in the local budgeting process? (USAID, 2005). In Nepal, IWMI will look at public audits and public hearings conducted under a project led by Helvetas in Western Nepal. The research will explore the relationships between PTB processes, improved integrity, reduced corruption and service provision in the water sector.