The HAQ: Center for Child Rights in New Delhi and the Save the Children Foundation published a guide to increase the capacity of civil society organizations to analyze public expenditures for children’s welfare such as health and education. The guide reviews strategies for conducting successful advocacy campaigns and highlights effective ways to raise awareness of children as an important, and occasionally overlooked, demographic group.
Enforcing Accountability through Budget Transparency and Citizen Participation in the Budget Process
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) participated in the 2010 Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health forum held in New Delhi, India with the presentation “Enforcing Accountability through Budget Transparency and Citizen Participation in the Budget Process.” This presentation was one of the few that discussed the importance of citizen participation and access to public budget information as a precondition to fulfill government’s commitments to improving maternal, newborn, and child health.
This Project THRIVE Short Take offers practical advice to conduct fiscal scans and creating early childhood budgets, based on U.S. state-level Early Childhood Comprehensive System or ECCS initiatives. Fiscal analysis and planning are essential for building a state or community fiscal infrastructure to support and sustain early childhood comprehensive system plans.
The Children’s Budget Report: Detailed Analysis of Spending on Low-Income Children’s Programs in 13 U.S. States
This report fills the void of analysis of spending on low income children’s programs other than education until 1998. It examines state, federal, and, where possible, local spending on low-income children in 13 states, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. The study is unique because the information is obtained from state sources. It includes state-only spending in addition to federal and state matching monies that are normally counted in other data sources, and it is actual expenditure data, not simply appropriations.
The study gives a brief introduction to the history and socio-economic status of West Bank/Palestine. The report is organized around four main elements: a) a guide to the Palestinian budget from a child rights perspective with a general overview of social sector spending; b) an analysis of education spending in Palestine; c) an assessment of the Palestinian social welfare sector; and d) a child-focused budget comparison of two Palestinian municipalities. By extracting lessons from these four components, the study hopes to
inform legislators, ministerial finance departments, civil society, and children themselves about the budgetary issues and processes that impact
upon child rights in Palestine.