The Fiscal Governance Program works to ensure that public resources are used efficiently, effectively, and accountably to benefit those who need them most. The program works across the public resource chain—from revenue collection and budget allocations to expenditures and service delivery—to promote new global norms, strengthen independent oversight and accountability mechanisms, and increase government capacity to harness public resources for development. We have a thematic focus on natural resource governance, budget monitoring, and illicit financial flows and taxation, and are also undertaking exploratory work around political finance corruption.
Across all areas of work, we pursue the following three cross-cutting goals to ensure that public resources are used to strengthen and not undermine open society:
- Generating accountability-relevant information for advocacy: Advancing laws, regulations, and norms at the international, regional, and country level that provide citizens with the information they need to effectively scrutinize public resources.
- Raising the costs of corruption for government and the private sector: Supporting efforts by civil society groups, journalists, parliamentarians, and government reformers to bring public resource abuses to light, mobilize domestic and international pressure, and achieve legal and political remedies that hold perpetrators accountable and deter future corruption.
- Intensifying and diversifying domestic demand for reform: Supporting a set of specialized watchdog organizations across the public resource chain to promote greater efficiency and accountability, and building coalitions with a broad array of stakeholders to develop more politically powerful social movements for good governance.
Our primary tool is grantmaking, which we use to support groups at the international, regional, and national levels to engage on public resource governance concerns through a combination of advocacy, monitoring, litigation, and campaigning. We also provide technical assistance to governments, and undertake direct advocacy. Our staff is based in New York City and Washington, D.C, and we operate globally.