Budget Monitoring and Policy Influence: Lessons from Civil Society Budget Analysis and Advocacy Initiatives

Mar 19, 2007

While budget analysis and advocacy activities have expanded dramatically in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the past decade, no material has been systematically gathered on the impact of such work. Therefore, civil society groups interested in undertaking budget work have little access to the experiences of the pioneering organisations. This paper summarizes the findings of a study, led by the International Budget Partnership and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, which attempts to fill this gap by presenting evidence from case studies of organizations in Brazil, Croatia, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Uganda that have been engaged in budget work for at least five years.