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Turning numbers into nurses

The data on this site are groundbreaking. For the first time they allow ordinary citizens, in countries from Armenia to Zambia, so see whether governments are keeping their promises and spending the amounts needed to fight poverty or reach the Millennium Development Goals. Using these data, they can ask the tough questions of governments and donors and press them to keep their promises and spend more.

Our aim is to support the efforts of active citizens across the world to hold their leaders accountable for their commitments and get them to spend more money to fight poverty, through agriculture, education, environment, gender, health, social protection, and water and sanitation.

This pressure can turn a commitment into real results. In the form of nurses, health workers and medicines, to save the lives of women dying needlessly every day in childbirth. Or teachers, classrooms and school materials to achieve Education for All. Or extension workers, irrigation and seeds, to help people feed themselves and increase their incomes from agriculture.

Activists across the world already have some very successful campaigns to increase spending. We hope the data on this site will reinforce their work, and allow others to achieve similar results.

But - as the data on this site show - progress remains patchy, and in many countries there is nowhere near enough spending to meet their citizen's needs. As the latest analysis of the data shows, spending in most of these areas is even falling compared to the size of their economies, partly because the economic crisis left a black hole of 140 billion USD in the budgets of the poorest countries in 2009-12. This makes investment more urgent than ever.

On the right hand side of the page you will find links to all of the recent campaigns calling for increase government expenditures, broken down by the various sectors. If you have any questions on the campaigns, or would be interested in collaborating on further work, then please get touch with Oxfam via our contact page.