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UNICEF, the Government of Bangladesh and its partners launch the Child-Focused Budgeting Framework: Investing for Equitable Rights of Children in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Sunday, 28 July 2013: UNICEF in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and Policy Research Institute (PRI) have launched today the Child-Focused Budgeting Framework: Investing for the Equitable Rights of Children in Bangladesh.

The framework is a product of a joint collaborative effort between the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MoWCA), Ministry of Finance, and nine social sector Ministries, UNICEF and PRI - a national research institute.

The child-responsive budgeting framework provides policy makers, parliamentarians, civil-society organizations, development partners and researchers with information on how children’s needs are prioritized within the available fiscal space as well as resource gaps, tools and indicators to track efficiency of the use of resources earmarked for children.

Child-focused budgeting is not a distinct budget for children. It is a framework to guide the nature and scope of public sector investments that, directly or indirectly, influence the equitable realization of children’s socio-economic rights, and set in motion an upward spiral of inclusive, sustainable growth and human development that benefits the entire society.

“Investment in the 57 million children that currently make up over 40 per cent of Bangladesh’s population but account for all of its future must be a continuing priority. This is why we are calling for the effective implementation of the framework in the area of social budgeting, by relevant officials, civil-society organizations, and all stakeholders, including communities and, importantly, children themselves.

“The expanding child population and the resulting youth bulge offer the promise of an increasingly educated, productive, responsible and forward looking workforce in the years and decades to come, helping to make Vision 2021 a reality,” said Pascal Villeneuve, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh.

There is, before this launch, no such framework in place in Bangladesh. The Medium Term Budgetary Framework does not yet mandate ministries and institutions to report on budgetary guarantees to fulfill or safeguard children’s socioeconomic rights, as it does for gender. The hope is that this child-focused budgeting framework will provide a more systematic basis for gradually ensuring that no child in Bangladesh is left behind.

Child-responsive budgeting is increasingly perceived as an explicit policy manifestation of commitment to fulfill the obligations enshrined in the country’s Constitution as well as in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Child-responsive budgeting has been initiated in some high, middle and low income countries, including Brazil, India, Kenya, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Viet Nam.

Launched at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel on Sunday, 28 July 2013, the opening address for the event was delivered by Pascal Villeneuve, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh; with a presentation by Sadiq Ahmed, Vice Chairman, PRI; and statements by Special Guests, Meher Afroze Chumki, Honourable State Minister, MoWCA; Md. Motahar Hossain, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) and Chief Guest, Abul Maal A Muhith, Honourable Minister, the Ministry of Finance. The closing remarks were made by Mr. Tariq-ul-Islam, Secretary, MoWCA.

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Notes to Editors

The other Ministeries involved include: Local Government Division of the Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Ministry of Home Affairs; Ministry of Primary and Mass Education; Ministry of Religious Affairs; Ministry of Social Welfare; Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs; and Ministry of Youth and Sports.

A copy of Child-Focused Budgeting Framework: Investing for the Equitable Rights of Children in Bangladesh at http://www.unicef.org.bd/

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: http://www.unicef.org/

For further information, please contact:

· Arifa S. Sharmin, Communication Manager, Communication, Advocacy & Partnership Section, UNICEF Bangladesh, Tel: +880-2 885 2266 Ext. 7021, Email: assharmin@unicef.org

· Shima Islam, Chief, Communication, Advocacy & Partnership Section, UNICEF Bangladesh; Tel: +880-2 885 2266 Ext. 7020, Email: ssislam@unicef.org

 

 

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