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If "budgets are a moral document," then constituents in a democracy should be able to view, explore, and understand them. Budget explorers help citizens understand where government funds -- and their tax contributions -- go. They're usually visual, and sometimes interactive, helping people become more literate in the budget-setting and expenditures process.

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Koltsegvetes Zuglo

Budget explorer for the Municipality of Zugló's 2019 budget built by K-Monitor

While the Open Treasury portal hosts all federal daily treasury reports, GOVSPEND.NG, a platform powered by BudgIT, simplifies the treasury report for citizens and Civil Society Organizations to access, monitor and understand federal government’s real time expenditure.

TaxClock Kenya

TaxClock shows how public budget data can be used to help citizens better understand how governments spend our taxmoney.

Budget Simulator for Pilot United Territorial Communities

A set of information technology (IT) tools to enable citizens to analyze state budgets, in theory to develop critical thinking to counter politicians’ populist rhetoric on complex economic issues.


Website was started by transparency NGO Public Knowledge Workshop to present the budget in a user-friendly, easier-to-understand format.

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