The Budget Strengthening Initiative is hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Britain’s leading think tank on international development, and a leader in research on public finance management in developing and fragile states. 

BSI was established in May 2010 and is funded until March 2015.


What distinguishes BSI’s approach is the demand-driven nature of its support whereby partners in fragile states set the agenda for the assistance BSI provides to them.

By establishing a relationship of trust with its partners in Ministries of Finance and Planning, BSI works to their priorities and seeks solutions to problems that they identify, exploring ideas in confidence from an independent perspective. BSI is flexible in the assistance it provides, which includes high level policy advice and technical assistance at the international, national and sub-national levels. BSI’s operational structure allows it to be highly responsive to assistance requests and to deploy experts and remote advice within a matter of days. By drawing on expertise from a wide range of departments within ODI specialised in economics, public finance management, governance, transparency and accountability, BSI is capable of providing well rounded pragmatic assistance that builds long term resilience in fragile states.

Finally, in all its technical assistance at country level, BSI delivers value for money: by working in coordination and close partnership with governments and bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, we ensure that there is no duplication of work and that funding and capacity are as sustainable as possible in the long term.