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Warren Krafchik Presents Research on International Budget Transparency

WHAT: Center for Public Finance Research Forum: Open Budget Survey 2008 Research Presentation

WHO: Warren Krafchik, director of the International Budget Partnership, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

WHEN: Noon–2 p.m. Tuesday, April 7    

WHERE: Room 247, Mary Graydon Center, American University
            4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA: Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University’s Center for Public Finance Research will host a research presentation and discussion with Warren Krafchik of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at American University’s Mary Graydon Center.

Krafchik will present the Open Budget Survey 2008 and will discuss the need for more international budget transparency. The Open Budget Survey is a comprehensive analysis that evaluates whether governments in 85 countries give the public access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process at the national level. The survey is conducted biennially in partnership with independent civil society researchers within each country and was first released in 2006, when it included 59 countries.

The Center for Public Finance Research was created to facilitate and conduct funded research on behalf of American University in public budgeting and financing of public programs and services. CPFR develops proposals to inform the policy debate and contribute to effective financial management systems performance.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.