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.


The budget is a key tool of governance: it is how public resources are aligned and managed to deliver the government’s policy objectives and development goals. It is also an important macroeconomic lever for managing inflation, public debt and promoting economic growth.  

ODI’s Budget Strengthening Initiative supports fragile and conflict-affected states to build more effective, transparent and accountable budget systems. To do so, we use a global network of experts to match skills and knowledge with the needs of the countries we work with.    

Our work includes:

  • Providing high level policy advice and expert technical assistance in response to requests from partners in fragile states.
  • Conducting tailored research and disseminating existing knowledge on fragile states.
  • Facilitating peer learning activities to foster South to South knowledge exchange.