|AUTHOR||Division for Public Administration and Development Management|
|TOPIC||Budgeting for children|
The four essays published here as well as the two introductory chapters that provide guidance on the definition of civil society in general address the important issues of citizen government dialoguing in fiscal policies and its potential to influence budgeting to assist the poor. The essays also highlight several challenges associated with civil society participation. Most importantly, this publication cautions that the direct citizen/government dialoguing should by no means be seen as an alternative to the established democratic processes, nor should such a process be seen to be by-passing the Parliament. Rather, it should look for options as to how best to complement the existing framework.