The Open Budget survey 2017Kathryn
The Open Budget Survey (OBS) assesses whether governments in 115 countries produce and disseminate comprehensive and timely information to the public in eight key budget documents as recommended by international good practices. It also examines formal budget oversight and opportunities for public participation in national budget decision making.
The Open Budget Survey results include scores for budget transparency, participation, and oversight, plus recommendations on how to improve.
Uganda provides the public with limited budget information, and the score was 60 out of 100. Uganda should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:
- Publish a Citizens Budget online in a timely manner.
- Resume publishing the Pre-Budget Statement online at least one month before the Executive’s Budget Proposal is presented to the legislature. During the research period for OBS 2017, the Pre-Budget Statement for fiscal year 2016-17 was made available to the public, but this practice has since changed, and the Pre-Budget Statement for fiscal year 2017-18 was published late.
- Increase the information provided in the Executive’s Budget Proposal by providing more data on the financial position of the government and more data on macroeconomic forecasts.
- Increase the information provided in the Year-End Report by providing comparisons between planned non-financial outcomes and actual outcomes, as well as comparisons between borrowing estimates and actual outcomes.
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