Child-Focused Subnational Budget Analysis
UNICEF Mongolia is working closely with the Mongolian Ministry of Finance (MoF) to increase investment in children by strengthening national child-friendly budgeting capacity. In this context, child-focused local budget analysis is being launched in Bayankhongor, Zavkhan, Gobi-Altai and Umnugobi Aimags, and Bayanzurkh District in the capital city, as part of the UNICEF Child-Friendly Communities Initiative.
The primary purpose of the analysis is to clarify how child-friendly measures are reflected in annual budgets approved at the local level, the coherence of planning and policy, difficulties in the budgeting process, and opportunities to increase local funds. The analysis is based on budget documents and includes financial support from the State budget to local budgets; special purpose transfers (SPTs); and aimag, capital city, district, and soum budgets approved by local Citizens Representatives’ Hurals (CRHs) over the last three years (2017-2019).
This document seeks to provide an overview of the composition of local budget revenues and expenditures and the core of the provincial budget planning process based on information provided by the government officials and the consultant. It also outlines a methodology and plans for breaking down and analyzing selected local budgets to identify potential sources of funding for children, which is a vital issue.