CBGA’s Proflie 2011 – Briefly describes the main budget analysis and advocacy activities of the organization and its involvement with the International Budget Partnership’s Partnership Initiative.
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Area of Expertise
The Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) promotes transparent, accountable and participatory governance, and a people-centred perspective in the policies shaping government’s budgets. CBGA’s research focuses on the priorities underlying budgets, quality of government interventions in the social sector, responsiveness of budgets to disadvantaged sections of population and structural issues in India’s fiscal federalism. Research on these issues lays the foundation for CBGA’s efforts pertaining to training and capacity building on budgets and policy advocacy with important stakeholders.
- Charter of Demands from the Union Budget
- Response to Union Budget
- Primers and Manuals
- Policy Briefs and Fact Sheets
- Working Papers and Briefing Papers
- Research Study Reports
Major Current Activities
- CBGA's Profile 2011 – Briefly describes the main budget analysis and advocacy activities of the organization and its involvement with the International Budget Partnership's Partnership Initiative.
- People's Budget Initiative: A civil society coalition, which campaigns for the inclusion of people's movements, grassroots organisations and national and international NGOs in the policy processes that determine the priorities underlying government budgets in India. CBGA serves as the secretariat of this coalition.
- Research: CBGA's research is meant to generate new and relevant information on budgetary policies and processes in the country, especially from the perspective of poor and disadvantaged sections of the population. Its research is focusing on the priorities underlying Union and State Budgets; the implications of budgetary policies and processes of the Union Government and the States for disadvantaged sections of the population; the bottlenecks in the implementation of major development schemes in the country; and some of the structural issues in India's fiscal federalism.
- Capacity Building: CBGA is making sustained efforts towards generating awareness on budgets and also for enhancing the capacity of civil society organisations to use budgets in their work. In order to do so, Orientation Workshops and Thematic Workshops are being conducted with civil society organisations across the country. CBGA also prepares Budget Primers and Manuals whereby information is presented in a comprehensible manner.
- Advocacy: Analyzing budgets and spreading awareness on budgets may not be sufficient for bringing about actual changes in budgetary policies and processes in the country. This is because even when we are able to generate adequate research findings for influencing the policies in any specific sector or on any specific issue, a lack of sense of urgency on the part of key policy actors emerges to be a major challenge in India. This is where advocacy with a range of stakeholders becomes important. Hence, through its advocacy efforts, CBGA is striving to make dents in the budget processes, which do not provide much space for the voices of common people. CBGA's advocacy efforts focus on taking the pro-poor and pro-marginalised budgetary issues to a wide range of stakeholders and also building considerable pressure on them to reorient policy priorities in favour of the poor and marginalised sections.
Newsletters And Regular Reports
- Budget Track - presents CBGA's opinion on relevant developments related to budget and public policy issues in the country. This publication is brought out quarterly.