Budget For Children Work

Budget for Children is not a separate budget. It is an attempt to dis-aggregate, from the overall allocations made in the government budget, only those allocations made specifically for programs that benefit children. Budget being an important policy document of the government as well as the monitoring tool for the implementation of plans and programs has a crucial role in prioritizing the needs and issues of children. National and international commitments for attainment of child rights can be translated into action only when programs and schemes are equipped adequately with resources and utilized efficiently.
Generating data and evidences of allocation and spending for children in government budget can help civil society to understand public spending priority for children and engage in the government budget process to influence the budget provisions in favour of children. Data and evidence thus generated on the trend of government allocation and expenditure for children can supplement the government with findings useful in framing budget and utilization of resources for the children in a better way through correction in current policies and bringing in improved policies and programs.
The Budget for Children analysis work was pioneered by SPAN in the state of West Bengal, India, in the year 2009 with five years trend analysis of state budget in partnership with HAQ-Centre for Child Rights. Later SPAN continues with it’s Budget for Children Analysis in the state for the period 2013-14 to 2017-18 in partnership with UNICEF and came up with a report in 2017.
Research Work
  • Periodical analysis of trend of allocation and expenditure in the government budget of state of West Bengal (India) in the program and scheme for the welfare and development of children along with thematic analysis. The analysis was done for the period of 2004-05 to 2008-09, 2007-08 to 2011-12 and 2013-14 to 2017-18.
  • Quick Analysis of budget for Children 2010-12
  • Study on the fund flow tracking and implementation of Sarba Shiksha Aviyan (Major Flagship Program of Government of India on School education) in the state of West Bengal for the period 2005-06 to 2007-08
  • Study on the fund flow tracking and implementation of Integrated Child Protection Scheme and Juvenile Justice System In the state of West Bengal for the period of 2009-10 to 2011-12.
Advocacy Work
  • Regular Sharing, learning and review meeting on the method and findings of Government budget analysis focusing children with Civil Society organizations, budget analysis groups across the country academicians and media.
  • Press meet on findings of budget analysis research
  • Meeting with the Members of Legislative Assembly of the Government of West Bengal with the findings of Budget Analysis research.
  • Publishing handouts on Budget analysis findings for the sensitization and information dissemination.
  • Meeting with government departments to share the findings of budget analysis research.