Budget Monitoring at the Local and National Level

Introduction

At the end of the budget cycle, groups have a wealth of data to analyze. As part of this analysis, monitoring groups should consider what type of action to take next. Often this is determined by what type of information was collected. Some information is best used as part of an advocacy campaign or an awareness campaign, while some data analysis can be used for policy reform recommendations. Additionally, some initial budget monitoring may evolve into expenditure tracking activities or participatory budgeting exercises.

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Identify techniques to maintain a budget monitoring initiative;
  • Learn how to track government spending during the budget execution process; and
  • Use budget monitoring activities to advocate for changes in budget allocation.

However, before making any monitoring analysis public, as was mentioned in the previous lesson, monitoring organizations need to consider what push-back or backlash they may receive for making their findings public. Because political space can be very tenuous, monitoring groups should carefully weigh how government and other stakeholders may react to findings.