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We work in partnership with local civil society organizations (CSOs) in India to improve the management of public money, the delivery of public services, and how responsive the government is to the needs of poor people. Along with work at the national level, we focus on the states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

We recognize that local citizens and CSOs are uniquely well placed to understand budget and service delivery issues and drive positive change. Doing so largely depends on the availability of budget information, the opportunity to participate in budget decisions, and the capacity of CSOs to do budget work.

Together with our partners, we aim to play a catalytic role in improving how public money is used to deliver services and transform lives.

Our Aims

  • Better budgets: We work with our partners to improve how public finances are managed at the national, state, and local level.
  • Better services: We work with our partners to improve the delivery of public health, education, and employment services.
  • Better governance: We work with our partners to improve the accountability and oversight of public finance and service delivery.

Support for Advocacy and Training to Health Initiatives (SATHI)
SATHI works to make government healthcare more accountable and effective through advocacy, training, and networking. We work with SATHI to improve how healthcare is budgeted and delivered, with a particular focus on the government’s National Rural Health Mission.

Samarthan works to strengthen participation in local governance in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. They have done pioneering work in conducting social audits of government employment schemes. We work with Samarthan to improve the transparency and accountability of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

The Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA)
CBGA is a research and advocacy organization focused on public policy and budgets in India. They conduct crucial work in researching, analyzing, and advising on social and development sector budgets. We work with CBGA to conduct budget research, provide policy advice, and strengthen networks and advocacy campaigns related to national and state level budgets.

The People’s Budget Initiative (PBI)
Coordinated by CBGA, PBI is a coalition of nearly 400 local CSOs working on budget issues in India. Together with CBGA, we help strengthen PBI’s engagement with oversight institutions such as parliamentary committees and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)
NCDHR works to eliminate discrimination based on caste, and to protect and promote Dalit rights. We work with NCDHR’s Dalit Economic Rights unit to analyze budgets and improve the accountability of budgetary resources allocated for Dalits.