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Our Money, Our Responsibility: A Citizens’ Guide to Monitoring Government Expenditures

This guide offers an overview of government budget implementation processes and provides practical, tested tools that can be used by civil society organizations interested in monitoring government expenditures. This tool provides a close-up look at the four stages — budget execution, procurement, measuring impact, and the audit and legislative oversight process — in which civil society groups can track and monitor expenditures.

By tracking budgets throughout their implementation, civil society groups can hold public officials accountable by assessing whether public resources are being spent as they are supposed to be. Further, by engaging with the budget process continuously, civil society can develop important new allies in government, including program managers in government agencies, auditors, and even ombudspersons — each of whom influences the decisions made regarding financial expenditures.

Uploaded on: May 05, 2014
Last Updated: Dec 08, 2015
Year Published: 2009

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Resource Type: Impact Evidence, Practitioner Resources Issues: Community Organizing, Education, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Labor & Employment, Policy Advocacy Tool Type: Journal Articles & Books, Manuals & Guides, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Improving Governance, Accountability and Transparency, Navigating Administrative Processes Languages: English Regions: > Global, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa Nature of Impact: Change in institutional / government practice Scale of Intervention/Impact: 10,000 to 100,000 people, 100,000 to 1 million people Institutions Engaged: Media, National Legislative body, NGOs, President / Cabinet, Service Delivery Agencies Evaluation Method: Anecdotal Evidence, Case Studies