The Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI), a nonprofit orginization promoting the right to information and education, recently launched their online budget dashboard, providing access to up-to-date budget data from the Union and State and Region governments. The project was lead by Giles Dickenson-Jones, CESD Research Fellow, as part of the State and Region Public Finances in Myanmar report.
“As anybody who has worked on public finances in Myanmar would know, accessing budget data in Myanmar can be a challenge. This limits the ability of the public to understand how public resources are being used and reduces research on public finances,” said Giles Dickenson-Jones.
The OMI budget dashboard addresses this problem by providing a central and up-to-date repository of budget data from the Union and State and Region governments. Features include:
- State and region budget summaries, providing a summary of a State or Region’s main published expenditure and revenue items.
- A subnational budget explorer, for comparing individual budget items and departments across multiple states and regions.
- A Union budget summary, to examine changes over time to individual budget entries in the published Union government budget.
- Budget data explorer, for exploring and downloading budget data using a number of filters, such as the budget year and classification.
The OMI budget dashboard is accessible from the OMI website, http://budget.omimyanmar.org/