How CSOs in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and elsewhere have collaborated to understand funding flows and key moments for budget decision-making, and provided voice and space to the most marginalised.
|Title||Civil society influence in drinking water, sanitation and water resources budgets : four pathways for change|
|Publication Type||Briefing Note|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Fonseca, C, Hasan, Z, Agarwala, T, Malik, S, Baraza, JA|
|Pagination||12 p. : 3 fig.|
|Publisher||IRC / Watershed|
|Place Published||The Hague, the Netherlands|
This paper describes how civil society organisations (CSOs) in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and elsewhere have collaborated to understand funding flows and key moments for budget decision-making, and provided voice and space to the most marginalised. It further explores the roles of CSOs and governments in improving public financial management for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) / water resources management (WRM) and how other stakeholders can support these processes, ensuring that public finance reaches those being left behind. After an introduction to budget participation, the paper elaborates on the four pathways for CSO engagement in budgeting processes: (1) Engaging with citizens and other CSOs; (2) Engaging with district political and technical financial decisions in the sector; (3) Engaging with the Ministry of Water at national or state level to reach the Ministry of Finance and/or heads of State and other line ministries; and (4) Directly engaging with the Ministry of Finance and Parliament. The paper concludes with a discussion on some of the challenges facing CSOs when trying to influence budget processes, and recommendations for CSOs, national and local governments, and donor agencies.
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