Making the Budget Work for Ghana
Basic Project Information
SEND is working with the government and local civil society organizations to strengthen budget monitoring and responsiveness and to improve access to and quality of priority health and education programs.
Methodology / Approach
Improve access to and quality of services in priority health and education programs in targeted districts by strengthening accountability and transparency in the budget process by 2018
- Create an enabling environment for constructive engagement between civil society organizations (CSOs) and the government
- Generate information on budgetary allocations and expenditures for specific education and health programs vis a vis services delivery outcomes.
- Develop mechanisms to capture knowledge and learning and facilitate exchange and uptake across CSOs, the PME Network, and government institutions
SEND Ghana is using different social accountability tools and mechanisms to strengthen civil society and government capacity to gather and use information to improve budget allocation, monitoring, and the development impact of priority health and education programs. In order to reach its objective SEND is conducting several activities grouped in three components:
- Renewing and signing memorandums of agreement with government agencies (at both the national and local level), media organizations, and community radios, and strengthening the capacity of a network of 50 local CSOs on budget analysis and advocacy.
- Strengthening budget monitoring on health and education programs. This component includes four types of activities: first, conducting a policy literacy campaign based on results from budget analysis; second, conducting participatory budget monitoring, social audits, community scorecards and designing a communication strategy to disseminate the findings; third, facilitating the development of “citizen budgets” in selected districts and supporting PME network’s advocacy efforts at national and local level; and fourth, following changes introduced by government agencies in health and education programs.
- Developing mechanisms to enhance knowledge, exchange and learning among local, national and international stakeholders on the links between social accountability and budget monitoring to development outcomes in health and education.
Use of Information Communication Technology
50 districts across 4 regions