UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Budget Analysis and Policy Advocacy: The Role of Nongovernmental Public Action

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AUTHOR Mark Robinson
ORGANIZATION Institute of Development Studies
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2006
TOPIC Budgeting for children
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This paper examines the impact and significance of independent budget analysis and advocacy initiatives that are designed to improve budget transparency and the poverty focus of government expenditure priorities. It draws on case study research of six budget groups in Brazil, Croatia, India, Mexico, South Africa and Uganda, which include nongovernmental organisations, research institiutions and social movements. The findings demonstrate that civil society budget initiatives contribute to improvements in the transparency of budgetary decisions and the budget process, increased budget awareness and literacy, and deeper engagement in the budget process on the part of legislators, the media and civil society organisations.

 


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