Budget Monitoring at the Local and National Level

Introduction

There are a variety of reasons why citizens are interested in government budgets. Maybe there is an increased perception of corruption or a belief that government is not adequately providing basic services for citizens. There may simply be a lack of understanding about how your tax money is spent.

All of these are good reasons to launch a budget monitoring initiative. To increase your chances of success in accessing government budget information and having your findings be accepted once published monitoring groups must build support both with government and with communities.

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

  • Learn how to build government support for a budget monitoring initiative; and
  • Learn how to get buy-in your community and other stakeholders in your project.