Publication 10.03.2016

The transparency of national defence budgets

A transparent and detailed budget that is available to the public is key to holding governments accountable to their citizens. Unfortunately, in many countries the defence budgeting process remains opaque and far removed from civilian oversight. The report identifies the main aspects of defence budget transparency, including an overview of current practices and the risks that arise at each stage of the budgeting process. It also ranks 93 countries according to their defence budget transparency. ‘The Transparency of Defence Budgets’ found that most of the 93 countries studied disclose too little defence and security spending information to their public.

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