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The 2013 Universe of Public Expenditures

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The 2013 Universe of Public Expenditures

The Universe of Public Expenditures is a graphical representation of all public expenditures in Slovakia financed by taxes and contributions. It enables one to understand the relationships among the individual items of public administration. It is a useful aid in illuminating the basic financial flows between citizen and state as well as among individual state institutions. The relative level of expenditure in each field is reflected in the sizes of the circles, making it possible to easily compare the dimensions of the specific areas in which politicians have decided to use our money.

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Kenyan National Debt: Is it sustainable?

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Kenyan National Debt: Is it sustainable?

This infographic was created by the Institute of Economic affairs to spur conversations on the Kenyan budget situation. It posits policy questions that should shape discourse around debt issues; debt impact on economic growth, measures for effective management as well as measures to contain spending as a way of maintaining debt sustainability levels within our current economic situation?

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Political Clientelism, Wasting Our Money

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Political Clientelism, Wasting Our Money

Political Clientelism, Wasting Our Money was based on a research conducted by Expert Forum on discretionary use of public money. The research analyzed the central and local budgets (2004-2011), extracting data about seven financial mechanisms such as programs for water and sewage, reserve and emergency funds. These mechanisms were selected observing how precise or, by contrary, vague were the allocation criteria, as provided by the law and thus allowing discretionary decisions. We checked if allocations were correlated with the political affiliations of local leaders. The analysis revealed a strong bias towards mayors from the same party with the central government and independent mayors, especially in electoral years. This indicates the use of public funding for gaining electoral support from local level for parties in power. This happens in the context of a very weak financial power at local level. Many administrations (especially rural area)are unable to cover even their staff costs from regular revenues and therefore are heavily dependent on the arbitrary allocations from the centre. The conclusion is that better monitoring of public allocations and, even more important, the administrative reforms (administrative mergers) are key issues to decrease the clientelistic use of public money. The visual aimed to explain to a public interested in good governance but with average knowledge about budgets, how the entire clietelistic network functions. Since July, the film (Ro) had 4,800 views (Youtube). On Facebook, more than 16,000 people saw the post (with no paid promotion)and about 90 people shared it.

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Chile: Territorial inequalities

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Chile: Territorial inequalities

This data visualization shows the inequalities in access to health care that has the Quellon district (on the island of Chiloe, Southern Chile), compared to another districts located near Santiago, the capital city. These inequities are one of many examples of the huge territorial inequalities in Chile. In this case, Quellon people raised, demanding more doctors in the area and better medical care.

The bottom call to action in this graphics -in addition to show the tremendous gap- is a call for a “New Regional Agenda”, seeking for better opportunities for non-metropolitan territories of Chile.

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CenaZaMonopol.sk

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CenaZaMonopol.sk

The Slovak government plans to purchase all private health insurance companies and create a single big state monopoly insurer. We believe that the funds required for this plan can be used more efficiently.

The aim of the CenaZaMonopol.sk project is to simply and in a visually attractive way highlight the alternative uses of public expenditure on large projects, which the government plans to implement. We want to actively contribute to the public discourse on their usefulness.

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PMRC, sparking policy discussion and debate on Government delivery after 2 years in office

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PMRC, sparking policy discussion and debate on Government delivery after 2 years in office

This Info-graphic depicts the development delivery of the Zambian Government after two (2) years in office. September 23rd, 2013 marked exactly 2 years since the Patriotic Front Government took office, promising to bring development to the country in accordance with their party manifesto. The objectives of the info-graphic are to graphically illustrate the claimed development results through the use of the Zambian map.

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Kodupilt

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Kodupilt

The visual combines geographical data (maps) with statistical data on selected indicators, defined by location of all 226 local municipalities in Estonia.

Users have access to indicators in four areas, where services are rendered by local municipalities: water and sewage, social care facilities, basic and secondary education and community services, including community centres and recreational facilities.

The tool can be used either for browsing data or for comparison of indicators, e.g. the water and sewage tariffs for home owners; the price per person in elderly care facility; the number of kids per teacher in your nearest kindergarten.

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Balance between governance and representation

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Balance between governance and representation

The visualisation was developed to disseminate research findings about the relationship between district magnitude, governance and representation in Guatemala. Districts with magnitude four show a balance between governance and representation, because the effective number of parties and the disproportionality are both relatively low. It is advised that legislators modify district size for a more stable party system, especially because over 75 % of congressmen come form highly fragmented districts, hence governance is in general low. The data was analysed using R, and the visualisations were created in Power Point.

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CIEP Tax Simulator

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CIEP Tax Simulator

“Simulador Fiscal CIEP” (CIEP Tax simulator) is a technological tool available on the Centre for Economic and Budgetary Research´s (CIEP) website, in which tax policies and proposals can be evaluated in a clear and simple way. It allows calculating how much the main taxes can be raised in Mexico, on whom would changes fall, who will pay more and who will pay less. Likewise, how and how much will the different segments of population pay, by categories of age and income.

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Our Money - Visualisation of the Hungarian Budget Spending

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Our Money - Visualisation of the Hungarian Budget Spending

Our aim was to present the budget spending of the Hungarian State in a simple and catchy way so as to make it comprehensible to interested layperson.

We visualized budget data broken down into specific expenditure categories to provide information what exactly is our tax money spent on. With the graphical and interactive presentation of the budgetary expenses we would like to inform mostly young people generally interested in these questions. Furthermore, with this initiative we hope to contribute to the strengthening of national tax consciousness and of civic responsibility in general, which is of burning importance in the Central-Eastern European region.

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