Budget Analysis and Social Activism: The case of DISHA in Gujarat, India

May 19, 2006

The case study (available in English or in Spanish as a summary) covers the work of DISHA (Developing Initiatives for Human and Social Interaction).It draws on interviews with DISHA’s staff, representatives of Gujarati NGOs and government officials conducted over a ten-day period in April 2005. It examines DISHA’s budget initiatives to assess their impact on budget priorities and the transparency and openness of the budget process in Gujarat. The case study also draws on budget data compiled by DISHA from government sources, internal documentation, and reports on various aspects of DISHA’s work compiled by outside observers.