Sierra Leone has been ranked with a score of 39 out of 100 on the Open Budget Index (OBI) 2012.
The open Budget Survey is a fact-based research instrument that uses easily observable phenomena to assess what occurs in practice.
The Open Budget Survey 2012 is the only independent, comparative, regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world.
The Open Budget Survey uses internationally recognized criteria to give each country a transparency score on a 100-point scale called the Open Budget Index.
Higher scorers for the 2012 edition include New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Norway, Brazil, and South Korea, while the worst performers include Nigeria, Soa Tome & Principe, China, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia and others.
Giving findings of the Survey, Budget Advocacy Network (BAN) Coordinator, Abu Bakarr Kamara at the launching of the Survey Results at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown on Friday said that Sierra Leone’s score is 39 out of 100, which is below the average score of 43 for all the 100 countries surveyed.
He added that it is also lower than the scores of its neighbours Ghana and Liberia but above those of its neighbours Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, and Sao Tome e Principle.[