Budget Monitoring at the Local and National Level
An important component of a well-functioning and responsive government is transparent and accountable budgeting. Budget monitoring initiatives can rally citizens around a cause that has the potential for very real and tangible results, such as an increase in funding for public services and infrastructure projects that they consider to be priorities. In most countries, the government has a national budget, as well as subnational and local budgets. Focusing on local budgets allows monitoring groups to interact with decision-makers with whom they may already be familiar, but perhaps more importantly, the changes made to local-level budgets are guaranteed to have a direct effect on the community.
Are you interested in better understanding how government resources are allocated and spent? Are you concerned about the quality and quantity of services your government provides? Are you curious about how the government spends your hard earned tax dollars? If so, then this course on budget monitoring may be of interest. The Budget Monitoring at the Local and National Level module will help you better understand how to increase government accountability and transparency using budgets as a tool.
This course is divided into five lessons:
- The Budget Cycle
- Planning and Developing a Budget Monitoring Initiative
- Engaging and Building Support to Make Budget Monitoring Successful
- Creating Change from Budget Monitoring
- Conclusion: Tools and Resources for a Monitoring Initiative
Each lesson contains relevant definitions, examples and challenges to consider, and at the end of each lesson, you can take a short quiz to test what you have learned.