Progress towards greater financial transparency has stalled, according to the latest “open budget index” from the International Budget Partnership, an advocacy group. The index measures the amount, level of detail and timeliness of budget information that is publicly available in 115 countries. The average score fell by two points between 2015 and 2017, to 43 out of 100. Sub-Saharan Africa is to blame: the continent’s average score fell by 11 points (in part because countries published fewer documents). Global budget transparency is still greater than it was a decade ago. Georgia is a bright spot: its score has risen by 48 points over the past decade, supported by reforms that began with the revolution in 2003.