Budgeting and public expenditures

Senior Budget Officials networks (SBO)



Since 1980, budget directors from OECD member countries have been meeting regularly in the Working Party of Senior Budget Officials, colloquially known as the SBO. 


The SBO is guided by a Bureau which provides strategic direction to its work.  


The SBO has launched five regional networks and six associated networks.


Regional SBO networks draw upon the successful format for the SBO and annually bring together budget directors and other senior officials from each region to address key budgeting concerns and relevant policy options. In some regions, reviews of budget systems  have been conducted (peer review). There are five regional networks:

  • Africa: Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI)
  • Eastern Europe: Senior Budget Officials from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European Countries (CESEE)



The associated SBO networks are each composed of the relevant senior officials from member countries. They convene regularly and operate in the same manner as the SBO.




The SBO also participates in the work of the wider OECD Network on Fiscal Relations across Levels of Government.


Permanent URL: www.oecd.org/gov/budget/networks


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