BBL on the Role of Parliamentary Budget Offices in Promoting Fiscal Transparency and External Oversight of the Budget Process

The Parliamentary Strengthening Program of the WBI Social Accountability Practice invites you to a BBL on

The Role of Parliamentary Budget Offices in Promoting Fiscal Transparency and External Oversight of the Budget Process

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Jeff Thindwa
Manager, Social Accountability Practice

Teresa Curristine
Senior Economist at the Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

Lisa von Trapp
Policy Analyst, OECD

Mitchell O'Brien
Senior Governance Specialist, WBISG

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm | Venue: MC-4-800

In recent years, a rapidly growing number of parliaments have established Parliamentary Budget Offices (PBOs) in an attempt to promote fiscal transparency and empower parliaments to play a more constructive role in scrutinizing the national budget. PBOs achieve this by providing non-partisan budget analysis and costing services to parliaments. PBOs are increasingly seen as a key stakeholder in promoting budget transparency, enhancing participation in the budget process, and addressing the asymmetry of budget information.  With several parliaments exploring the establishment of similar institutions, especially in developing countries, it is important for practitioners to question what we know about these emerging institutions and how they can be designed and supported in order to contribute to more effective public expenditure systems. This BBL examines emerging international experiences with a special focus on the functions and impact of PBOs.  


Jeff Thindwa

is Manager of Social Accountability Practice in the World Bank Institute. He joined the World Bank in 2000 as Senior Social Development Specialist, and has worked across the Bank's regions promoting the use of social accountability mechanisms to improve public governance, and performance of Bank funded operations. The Social Accountability Practice engages and empowers key stakeholders: media, parliaments and civil society, strengthening their capacity to make public policy, budgets and programs more effective and accountable in servicing citizens, with priority focus on access to information, open and inclusive budgeting, and third party monitoring and citizen feedback. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Thindwa worked with civil society organizations for 17 years.

Teresa Curristine is currently a senior economist at the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund, where is manages projects and teams working on public financial management issues in Asia and Latin America. She worked for the OECD for seven year, where she was responsible for the OECD Senior Budget Officials Network on Performance and Results. She managed projects and teams working on the following issues: country budget reviews, improving accountability and control, executive-legislative relations in the budget process, and performance budgeting. She has edited four books,  Public Financial Management and its Emerging Architecture;  Performance Budgeting in OECD Countries;  Modernising Government: The Way Forward andOECD Review of Budgeting in Mexico. She has also worked as lecturer at Oxford University from where she received her Ph.D.

Lisa von Trapp, an American national, is a policy analyst in budgeting with a focus on the role of parliaments. Prior to joining the OECD, she served as an advisor and representative to Europe for the World Bank Institute's Parliamentary Strengthening Programme. As a parliamentary development practitioner, Lisa has worked with a variety of organisations such as UNDP, SIDA, and Parliamentarians for Global Action. Lisa holds a dual Master's degree in international security policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (Phillip E. Mosely fellow) and in political science from the Institut d'études politiques in Paris.

Mitchell O'Brien is a senior governance specialist for the World Bank Institute's parliamentary strengthening team. Prior to joining the WBI in 2004, Mitchell practiced international law in Asia and Australia, focusing on governance, human rights, and development issues. He has also consulted for the Democracy Coalition Project, International IDEA, and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. He holds an M.A. in international development policy from Duke University in North Carolina and in conflict studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, as well as law and journalism degrees from Griffith University.          

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