Budget Monitoring

Budget monitoring - what is it?

Thanks to support from Locality's (www.Locality.org.uk) knowledge and skills exchange programme we have been learning about Budget Monitoring from a community organisation in Amsterdam who in turn have been trained by a community development organisation from Brazil, where Budget Monitoring began.

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A pilot project in an Amsterdam neighbourhood

A Dutch research institute (Movisie)has developed a pilot project in the city of Amsterdam. We visited the project this year to learn from it. Below is a summary taken from the MOVISIE website - http://www.movisie.nl/eCache/ENG/1/15/032.html

MOVISIE cooperates with E-motive on reciprocal learning. The Brazilian budget monitoring methodology is the second E-motive project implemented in the Netherlands. The methodology is developed by the Brazilian Instuto the Estudos Socioeconomicos (INESC, Institute for socio-economic studies).

Key in budget monitoring, as developed by ENESC, was linking the public budget and human rights. It is a tool used in the Brazilian concept to increase social participation in policy formulation and in monitoring implementation of the adopted budgets of various governments. Because of budget monitoring, citizens, communities and other organizations can gain insight into budgetary processes and allocation of resources. MOVISIE, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam) and Oxfam-Novib worked together in the E-Motive program. Via this collaboration the methodology was also implemented in the Netherlands.

The method of budget monitoring seems to fit active neighborhood organizations best and also the communities that want to get grip on the utilization of available resources in their neighborhoods. The method stimulates conversation about on how public money is brought together and spent. It is a good catalyst to start dialogues between citizens and between social movements and government on priorities, needs and tackling problems. It helps to believe in their own abilities and strength. It can lead to enhanced citizenship.

On January 1 2012 the experiment Budget Monitoring began in the Dutch neighborhood in Amsterdam (Indische Buurt). Communities and other groups active in the neighborhood made a calendar and a neighborhood plan with support from the Center for Budget Monitoring and Citizen, Dutch partner of INESC. They examined what the district budgets in the past two years have done for making a safer environment. And what the effects were in the neighborhood. Additionally, the groups will check the 2012 budget. The communities can calculate a budget for 2013 and add this to their neighborhood plan and agenda for next year.

For more information and contact: www.budgetmonitoring.nl, Mellouki Cadat, m.cadat@movisie.nl.

or contact the project officer Zeynep Gunduz @ zeynep@budgetmonitoring.nl