We presented initial results of an audit on the Policing of Protests, developed by the Program for Public Transparency (PTP) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in collaboration with the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSF). The audit evaluated the policing of protests in various jurisdictions in 5 countries - Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa, and the UK.
The increasingly tense relations between pro-government supporters and the opposition in the Brazilian political arena revolves around making classified information from the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) available to the public. Improved transparency was an unexpected result of this partisan dispute.
The Program for Public Transparency (PTP) will host the Seminar, National Evaluation of Transparency and Open Government at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in the coming week (November 10-11th). The event is an opportunity to learn more about compliance and implementation of the Acess to Information Law in the Brazilian context.
At its best, lobbying can be used to help the government make more informed decisions, but without transparency it can be used to support special interests at the expense of others. The Sunlight Foundation created “The Lobbying Disclosure Guidelines” to aid policymakers and open government advocates to promote transparency.
What do we know about the causes and consequences of fiscal openness? What is the role that international actors can play in promoting transparency and participation in government budgets? And what has been the Brazilian experience in promoting fiscal openness? This seminar will bring together the co-editors of a recent book looking at these themes ("Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability", Brookings Institution Press, 2013) and the director of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency. They will talk about international research and policy trends around these themes, and look more specifically at the Brazilian experience.