Investing in Children

Save the Children15 February - Building on the earlier work of Government Spending Watch, Save the Children have commissioned DFI to write their flagship Child Rights Governance Initiative report on what governments worldwide are Investing in Children, and how to increase the quantity, equity, impact and accountability of this investment. The work involves constructing the first ever multi-country Index of Investment in Children tracking spending on education, health and child-oriented social protection, as well as six case studies of Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa, Spain and Uganda. The report will be launched globally in the second half of 2014

Bangladesh Data Updated

Bangladesh29 January 2014 - Data for Bangladesh has been updated to now include both FY 2013/2014 budgeted and FY 2012/2013 actual Government expenditure.

Comparing actual expenditures from 2011/12 to 2012/13 reveals that the health (13.3% to 12.2%), education (13.3% to 12.2%), social protection (5.9% to 5.7%) and environment (0.8% to 0.5%) sectors have all seen falls in spending as a % of total expenditure. The only sector that recorded significant growth was the agriculture sector, jumping from 7.1% of total expenditure to 9%.

When reviewing budgeted expenditure from 2012/13 to 2013/14 the trend in reduced spending on social protection (6% to 4.9%), environment (0.5% to 0.3%) and health (1.8% to 1.7%) as a % of total expenditure is again apparent. Agriculture expenditure is the again the only sector to experience an increase as a % of expenditure (from 5.1% to 6%), whilst education expenditure is unchanged at around 11.5% of total government spending, but still remains markedly below the Education for All target of 20%. 

To access the expenditure data and find out more please click here.

Ghana Data Updated

Ghana24 January - Expenditure data for Ghana has been updated to include 2014 budgeted expenditure. The figures show that as a percentage of total expenditure, spending on education has seen a large increase up 4% from 2013 (15.7% to 20.7%). Planned expenditure in the health sector has also increased compared to 2013, with a 1% increase (12.5% to 13.5%), and spending on agriculture increased by 0.16%, although at 1.37% of total expenditure it still remains well below the Maputo declaration target of 10% of total Government Expenditure.

To access the expenditure data and find out more please click here.

Cameroon Data Updated

Cameroon11 December - Expenditure data for Cameroon has been updated to include planned spending for 2013. The figures show that as a percentage of total expenditure, both education and health spending has fallen, and agriculture spending has remained flat compared to 2012. To access the expenditure data and find out more please click here .

A Taxing Business: Financing Education For All Through Domestic Resources

Taxing Business9 December - The Global Campaign for Education's report, A Taxing Business: Financing Education For All Through Domestic Resources, identifies four major steps towards achieving increased domestic resources, primarily through improved taxation and revenue-generation from natural resources, and the vast impact this could make on ensuring quality, public education for all. 

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Yemen Data Updated

Yemen5 December - Expenditure data for Yemen has been updated to include actual spending for 2012. The figures show that as a percentage of total expenditure, both education and health sectors have seen spending increase by 3.4% and 29.2% compared to 2011. However, levels of spending in the health and education remain below international (WHO and Education for All) targets. In addition, agriculture spending continues to reduce, with a decrease of spending of 17.1% in 2012 compared to 2011 and 34% compared to 2009. To access the expenditure data and find out more please click here

GSW Launch Event in Brussels

website lauch logo 226 November - The GSW website and database were launched in Brussels at an event held during the European Development Days. On the panel, DFI Director Matthew Martin began by detailing some of the key findings from the 2013 GSW report, as well as showcasing the GSW website and database, 

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GSW @ UN Women Expert Meeting

ExpertGroupMeeting-Mexico-201321st-24th October 2013 - GSW was asked to attend the UN Women Expert Group Meeting (EGM) in Mexico City entitled ‘Challenges and Achievements in the implementation of the MDGs for Women and Girls’, to present findings of a paper into ‘gender responsive’ expenditure tracking, commissioned by UN Women.

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GSW Seminar @ IMF

IMF16th October - Following initial discussions in April, DFI has been asked to give a seminar at the IMF on Government Spending Watch on 16th October in Washington. The presentation is available here.  

UN Women Study

UN Women logo30st September - UN Women has commissioned DFI to write a study of recent trends in gender-responsive spending, and of how gender-responsive spending could be better identified and analysed in developing country budgets. The initial phase of the work will be discussed at a meeting of UN Women experts in Mexico City on 21th-24th October. 

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