South Africa: Women analyse the budget, and parliament heeds the gaps

The South African Women’s Budget Initiative analyses budgetary allocations across sectors of the South African economy and assesses whether these are adequate to meet specific policy commitments. A collaborative venture involving Parliament and civil society organizations, the initiative has a strong advocacy component, particularly around gender.

Besides demonstrating how this kind of partnership can increase accountability and transparency in public expenditure planning and monitoring, this case also shows how civil society expertise can complement a government’s own capacities, in the process strengthening policy formulation overall.

Source: Lopes and Theisohn (2003) Ownership Leadership and Transformation: Can We Do Better for Capacity Development?  Earthscan Publications and UNDP.


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UNDP Ownership Leadership and Transformation
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Civil society
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Public administration