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Helping Indian CSOs do budget tracking

Published on: 20/08/2020

Two new Watershed India working papers draw lessons from research in Bihar and Odisha.

 Covers Watershed working papers on budget tracking in Bihar and Odisha

Comprehending fund flows and their impact on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery is critical and necessary. Adequate and appropriate budgets are necessary to ensure that international and national WASH commitments are met. Budget analysis is also important to understand the impact of emerging realities in view of the changing (WASH) context.

Produced under the Watershed India project, two new papers present the use of budget tracking in rural water and sanitation (WATSAN) programmes for select districts in Bihar and Odisha in India. The objective of these papers is to understand the ways in which public budgets are spent and allocated for rural water and sanitation at the national, state and local (district, block and gram panchayat or village) government levels. In line with the overall goal of the Watershed programme, these papers intend to strengthen the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) as agents of change in the management and governance of WASH by providing a set of recommendations and suggestions to track and analyse programme budgets.

You will see the two papers below under Resources. They are part of the Decentralised Public Finance for WASH: Policy and Practice Learnings series, published by the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CGBA), IRC and WaterAid India. Earlier publications include two working papers on the institutional setup and financial flows for WASH in Bihar and Odisha, and a policy brief on strengthening the role of rural local bodies in WASH financing and services.

 

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