Domestic expenditure

Pro-poor analysis of Kenya’s 2018/19 budget estimates


The 2018/19 Kenya budget is an opportunity to understand how the government intends to allocate resources to its development priorities, and therefore contribute to a reduction in poverty and ensure no one is left behind. If the needs of the poorest people are not well targeted by government resources, if insufficient tax is raised (or raised […]

What do the 2018/2019 national budget estimates mean for Kenya's poorest households?


As Kenya prepares for the budget reading tomorrow, Development Initiatives has published a new report: Pro-poor analysis of Kenya’s 2018/19 budget estimates: what do the numbers tell us? The Kenya national budget for 2018/19 is an opportunity to understand how the government intends to allocate resources to its development priorities; contributing to a reduction in poverty and […]

Aiding domestic revenue mobilisation


Aid for domestic revenue mobilisation is at a turning point. It is vital to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is growing in prominence, with recent commitments by international actors to significantly scale up domestic revenue mobilisation through the Addis Tax Initiative. Aiding domestic revenue mobilisation estimates the scale and nature of […]

Kenya joins middle income club


The addition of a country to the middle income club is often viewed as a coveted achievement for many developing countries – but what has changed and what does it mean for Kenya? What happened? Kenya’s move to middle income country status follows a ‘rebasing’ of the economy – a periodic statistical exercise that accounts […]

New budgetary website makes Dutch aid more transparent


Many congratulations to the Dutch Minister for international trade and development cooperation on the launch of her department’s budgetary webpage yesterday. The new website provides full access to the ministry’s overall budget, with estimated and actual expenditures which are cross-referenced with their individual activities, driven from live IATI data. The site also enables users to […]

Kenya: case study on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

Data use

In 2011, leaders from the developed and developing nations signed an accord in Busan, South Korea to further enhance the implementation of Millennium Development Goal 8 (MDG 8); and in particular the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). The Busan commitments were meant to take development cooperation and aid effectiveness beyond the 2005 Paris Declaration […]

How much aid goes to mobilising domestic resources?


Strengthening and catalysing domestic revenue collection in developing countries is seen as a key role for aid. Indeed, domestic resource mobilisation has its own discussion session at the Global Partnership meeting in Mexico this April. But in 2011, just 0.07% of official development assistance (ODA) went to domestic resource mobilisation-specific projects (‘core’ domestic resource mobilisation […]

A data revolution to end poverty?


This article originally appeared in a slightly different form in Post2015. Eradicating poverty by 2030 is an ambitious undertaking. Development practitioners have argued that a major impediment to achieving this objective has been the absence or deficiency of accurate, up to date data on the dynamics of poverty. This has made it difficult to design […]