• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 12/18/2013

São Tomé e Príncipe improves Open Budget Index ranking by publishing key budget reports  

The Government of São Tomé e Príncipe significantly improved its budget transparency practices as evidenced by an increase in the country's Open Budget Index score from 0 in the 2008 Survey to 29 in the 2012 Survey. In the latest round of the Survey, the government has started publishing the Executive’s Budget Proposal and In‐Year Reports, greatly enhancing the opportunities that citizens and other actors have to scrutinize government plans and monitor its actions.
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Context and Theory of Change


The IBP focuses on budgets because evidence shows that they are the most powerful tool a government has to meet the needs and priorities of its people, particularly those from poor and disadvantaged communities. We work to make government budget systems more transparent and accountable to the public, based on our belief that transparency and accountability can make budgets more responsive to the needs of poor and low‐income people. Our belief is supported by a growing body of evidence showing that when ordinary people have access to budget information and the opportunity to participate in the budget process, they can contribute to substantive improvements in governance and service delivery. Case studies are available at‐we‐do/major‐ibpinitiatives/ partnership‐initiative/learning‐program/case‐studies/.


We developed the Open Budget Survey in response to feedback we received from our civil society partners regarding the challenges they face in accessing budget information from their governments. Without such information, it is very difficult for anyone to monitor a government's progress toward the achievement of development and service delivery goals.