How does understanding public finance for WASH help civil society organisations (CSOs) to enhance their work in the community, and are budget related data too hard to access, read and understand? And if so, what can be done to address it?
|Title||Tracking budgets for rural WATSAN : an assessment of districts Gaya and Samastipur in Bihar, India|
|Publication Type||Working Paper|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Agarwala, T, Shiva, R|
|Secondary Title||Decentralised Public Finance for WASH: Policy and Practice Learnings|
|Pagination||28 p. : 3 boxes, 9 fig., 4 tab.|
|Publisher||Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), IRC and WaterAid India|
|Place Published||New Delhi, India|
The objective of the paper is to aid the efforts of civil society organisations (CSOs) engaging with the issues of fiscal governance in the water and sanitation (WASH) sector in Bihar. It presents the use of budget tracking in rural water and sanitation (WATSAN) programmes, for Samastipur and Gaya districts in Bihar. The period of study was from January 2019 to November 2019. The paper also presents a set of recommendations and suggestions for government and CSOs who would be tracking and analyzing the budgets for WATSAN programmes operational in different districts of Bihar, taking the case of Gaya and Samapastipur as examples. The crucial questions which the paper tries to address are: 1. How does understanding public finance for WASH help CSOs to enhance their work in the community?; and 2. Are budget related data too hard to access, read and understand? And if so, what can be done to address it?
This paper is part of a series on "Decentralised Public Finance for WASH: Policy and Practice Learnings", which is based on two core projects: Watershed - Capacity Building Support for Civil Society Organisations to Leverage Water and Sanitation Programmes in Bihar and Odisha supported by IRC and Tracking and Analysing Budget Allocations and Utilisation for WASH by Rural Local Bodies, supported by WaterAid India, using the Life Cycle Cost Approach covering two districts each from both the States namely Gaya and Samastipur from Bihar and Nuapada and Ganjam from Odisha.