Children Priority Issues in the 2014 National Budget
Children are sometimes left out in crucial decision-making processes on matters that affect them, for various reasons. Child rights approaches to programming however dictate that children should be consulted and be afforded the opportunity to participate in such matters that affect them. The Child Friendly National Budget Initiative (CFNBI) programme is thus meant to capacitate children with skills to actively participate in budgeting processes at various levels of government as a way of ensuring that their needs are adequately met through the budget, thus promoting children’s rights.
In that regard, UNICEF partnered with the Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC), NANGO and Save the Children with funding from Barclays Bank Zimbabwe and held two workshops for the Junior MPs in the ZYC Southern and Northern Regions respectively. These train-the-trainer CFNBI workshops were meant to capacitate the Junior MPs on budget issues and how children can contribute to the budget making process for inclusion of children’s issues.
The Junior MPs have subsequently gone back to their constituencies and trained other children on child friendly budgeting. Importantly, they have also consulted with other children on issues that they would want prioritized in the forthcoming 2014 national budget. Below is a summary of issues that the children of Zimbabwe through the Junior Parliamentarians would want the Minister of Finance to include in the 2014 National Budget.