The Open BudgetSurvey has been conducted five times in the last decade, with previous rounds completed in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Between 2012 and 2015, the average OBI score for the 100 countries for which comparable data is available increased from 43 to 46. This result masks considerable variation in progress across the countries surveyed with the largest improvements in budget transparency between 2012 and 2015 made by countries that were among the least transparent. Uganda was commended for its high score in budget transparency at national level. With a score of 62% in the Open Budget Survey 2015, Uganda is placed among the 19 countries (out of 102 countries surveyed) that provide substantial information to its citizens.
Left to Right: UDN’s Mr. Julius Kapwepwe, Mr. Patrick Tumwebaze ,The Secre-tary to the Treasury (MoFPED) Mr Keith Muhakanizi , launch OBSurvey,2015 results for Uganda at MoFPED offices, September, 2015.
Drawing on internationally accepted criteria developed by multilateral organizations, the Open Budget Survey uses 109 indicators to measure budget transparency. These indicators are used to assess whether the central government makes eight key budget documents available to the public in a timely manner and whether the data contained in these documents are comprehensive and useful. Each country is given a score out of 100 which determines its ranking on the Open Budget Index – the world’s only independent and comparative measure of budget transparency.
OPEN BUDGET SURVEY 2015
UDN’s Imelda Namagga (second left) poses with the IBP’s Executive Director, Waren Krafchick and Claire Schoulten at the OBI headquarters in London during the Open Budget Survey launch, September 2015.