Working together to protect child rights through child budgeting
Ouagadougou, 18 June 2010 - Ensuring that children’s issues are taken into account in national budgets was the goal of a forum held in Ouagadougou from 10-11 June 2010. Over 200 participants from the Government of Burkina Faso ( including members of Parliament, Governors of all 12 regions and the Minister for the National Budget); NGOs; bilateral organizations and community based organizations came together to discuss how to better plan and develop budgets which promote the best interests of children and allow them to thrive.
Speaking on behalf of the First Lady at the forum, Ms Pascaline Tamini, the Minister for Social Action and National Solidarity, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to child budgeting. “We welcome this initiative from all partners especially UNICEF, which has provided financial and technical support, and we are committed to taking forward the recommendations from this forum. The Government will do its best to improve child budgeting in Burkina Faso,” she stated.
The forum provided participants with an opportunity to improve their knowledge on the situation, challenges and perspectives of children’s issues in Burkina Faso through strategic budgetary planning. In addition, there was much reflection on the need to identify interventions which will have greater positive impact for children.
Two key recommendations from the forum include the setting up of a technical intersectoral committee which will analyse, monitor and evaluate child budgeting, and for Government to take into account social development as an integral part of economic development.
The Government of Burkina Faso, with support from UNICEF, has undertaken a study on the current situation of child budgeting in relation to child rights in education, health and protection. The results from the study, together with an advocacy plan to mobilise more resources for children, were presented at the forum and helped participants to begin the important planning process
It is envisaged that the final advocacy plan which has three axis - increasing child budgeting; improving policies, plans and sectoral strategies for children and strengthening communication on child rights – and the recommendations from the forum, will be presented to Parliament as tools for better budgetary planning.
The national forum was held in the run up to the Day of the African Child which is celebrated on 16 June.
For more information:
Priscilla Ofori-Amanfo, C4D Specialist, UNICEF Burkina Faso
Telephone: +226 50 49 0727