The Transparency and Accountability Project (TAP) was an initiative within the Global Economy and Development program that focused on improving governance in developing countries by strengthening the mechanisms by which the public can hold governments accountable. The project examined the capacity of local civil society organizations to monitor and analyze public expenditure processes and advocate for a more effective use of scarce public resources that can lead to better development outcomes.
The project held a series of events on transparency and accountability.
In 2010, experts from TAP released Lives in the Balance: Improving Accountability for Public Spending in Developing Nations (Brookings Institution Press). Improving governance, transparency and accountability around the world continues to be a major research focus for the Global Economy and Development program.