Have you heard of BTAP, The Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation? They’re a young, vibrant movement of activists and organizations who work together to increase budget transparency, allowing for citizens to participate in budgetary processes and hold their governments to account for how they are spending national finances.
This week, BTAP launched a brand new website where you can find information about the movement and how it works, upcoming campaigns, news on budget transparency and accountability, and a list of members where you can find national organizations working on budget issues. We wanted to share this great news with you because we’re big fans of what BTAP does and we want our ONE members to be in-the-know about the latest developments in global transparency.
In the not-too-distant past, governments could justify keeping budget processes secret. But the progress made in this area has been unequal, uneven and not sustained across countries. Progress is too easily undone and transparency does not guarantee participatory budgetary systems, where civil society is involved in partnership with governments.
This is where BTAP comes in. Twelve international organizations, and more than 100 civil society groups from 50-plus countries have joined BTAP and the movement for open budgets. BTAP members will meet next month to discuss 2013 campaign activities for the movement. ONE will be part of those discussions.
On BTAP’s website, organizations can endorse the declaration of principles and join BTAP through the website. Folks outside of the development realm can also stay on top of the NGO world’s efforts to make our governments more transparent.
BTAP is also now on Twitter! Let’s show them some ONE love! If you’re interested in budget transparency and participation, follow @GlobalBTAP for the latest news from the alliance.