National budgets are an important source of information as they clearly outline the priorities of the government and link this directly to spending. Budget transparency is a key element of the broader process of public financial management reform, as it allows the public to scrutinise and respond to the government programme.
More transparent budgeting has a range of powerful benefits including the development of greater trust in government institutions and in the willingness to contribute through taxes. A transparent budget process also holds governments to account as progress against - or deviations from - the budget are easy to see.
Often included as a component of our work in delivering a wider range of public financial management reforms, budget transparency is an area to which Adam Smith International attaches a great deal of importance, and in which we are a leading specialist. Working for clients such as the World Bank, DFID, or directly for governments, Adam Smith International has successfully promoted budget transparency within our public financial management reform projects in countries across the world including Afghanistan, Burundi and Iraq.