Our Track Record
Since 2004, the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) has continued to bring together Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at national and district Levels to influence Government decisions, on resource mobilization and utilization for equitable and sustainable development. CSBAG has a membership of 100 CSOs with 45% of these from the sub national level.
HOW WE WORK
CSBAG works through an outreach structure from grassroots to the National level. In the districts of Kibaale, Abim, Agago, Sheema and Kibuku 720 citizens are organised into Participatory Budget Clubs that engage the planning and budget process at the lower local governments.
CSBAG members work through 10 Thematic Working Groups of Health, Education, Agriculture, Energy, JLOS, Accountability, Roads, Trade and Tourism, Water and Environment, Social Development and they work to ensure National resource allocation, mobilization and utilization is pro-poor and gender sensitive.
In 2017, CSBAG established 9 Regional Budget Coalitions (RBCs) composed of CSOs operating in the regions of Kigezi, Bukedi, Sebei, Soroti, Bugisu, Busoga, Bunyoro, Tooro, and Ankole. This is part of our broad objective of increasing representation as well as consolidating the subnational CSO voice and action across the country for a people-centred budget. Through these RBCs, CSBAG for the first time mobilised 127 sub-national CSOs from 61 districts to engage various budget advocacy interventions in 2017
The need to have Uganda’s Parliament at the forefront of supporting prudent Public Finance Management reforms remains very critical to CSBAG. As such, CSBAG is proud to have partnered with like-minded MPs and established a Parliamentary Forum on Public Finance Management in September 2016.
ACHIEVEMENTS REGISTERED SO FAR….
Influencing Public Finance management
CSBAG’s core focus is to have Government develop and implement Public Finance legislation and programmes that impact positively on the poor. In effect, the pressure mounted on Government since 2012 from both CSOs at national and local levels yielded results, as Government incorporated 50% of the CSO proposals on the Public Finance Management Act, 2015.
Influencing National and Local Government Budgets
1. Every Financial Year, CSBAG mobilises member CSOs to contribute to shaping national budgets from a pro-poor and gender perspective. CSBAG has indeed re-directed the position of Government on key issues that concern ordinary citizens in the National Budget. In conformity with this, for the last 4 financial years (FY 2014/15-FY 2017/18), 338 CSO alternative budget proposals were made to 11 sectors and 152 were fully adopted by the Parliamentary Committees. The best uptake performance has so far been registered in FY 2017/18 where 52% of our alternative budget proposals were adopted by Parliament of Uganda.
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Enhancing Citizens Participation in budget accountability work
Citizen Involvement in the budget process is critical to ensuring that services that are due to them are provided in the right quantities, quality and time. Through the CSBAG Participatory Budget Club (PBC) model citizens are empowered to demand for improved service delivery from the duty bearers. In 2015 alone, a total of 42 accountability and service delivery issues were addressed by duty bearers because of the citizens’ vigilance. 57 % of these were in the Health Sector, followed by 43% in Education, the Justice Law and Order and Sector and Roads.
Strengthening CSO linkages and collaboration with Government at National and Local Level
To date, CSBAG is member to 7 Government public finance management bodies at National and Local level. We have utilized these spaces to bring to the fore the citizens voice on public finance management issues. In 2015, CSBAG was appointed to the Public Expenditure and Management Committee (PEMCOM) chaired by Ministry of Finance. In 2017, CSBAG was appointed to the Economic Management Group also chaired by the Ministry of Finance. The EMG’s core focus is to support Government improve its overall economic management. Still, our respective strategic engagements with IMF and World Bank on initiatives around Public Expenditure Management and fiscal transparency have increased.
Linking Local budget advocacy to National budget processes
CSBAG works to increase synergies between CSOs at national and local level for a stronger collective voice on pro-poor resource allocation and utilization. This has been effective in our public campaigns against Taxing Agriculture inputs, the Public Finance Bill, 2012, campaign against MPs tax emptions on their emoluments where we ably mobilized over 4million citizens to Petition the President over Tax exemption move by MPs. These linkages and partnerships are vital to the Government budget performance monitoring work that CSBAG does at the Local Government level which started in the Financial Year 2014/15 and is to continue through to other financial years. In 2016 alone, CSBAG worked with 141 CSOs on various budget advocacy processes.
Increasing access to dependable, simplified and analyzed information for effective budget advocacy
Whereas Government of Uganda in 2015 improved its ranking in open budget systems by the Open Budget Index-2015, Uganda’s budget documents are still inaccessible especially at Local Government level, and they are complex and written in an exclusive language that is difficult for an ordinary citizen to comprehend. To reverse these trends, CSBAG continues to produce simplified, timely and analysed budget information. These publications (available on the CSBAG website) have enabled these stakeholders effectively advance pro-poor causes and they have shaped key government decisions on the budget and public finance management.
Capacity strengthening in budget analysis and advocacy
To ensure sustainable budget advocacy, CSBAG builds the capacity of its members to effectively analyse and participate the budget making process in Uganda. Between 2012 and 2015, a total of 250 CSO representatives have been trained in gender budgeting, budget tracking, the Local Government budget cycle, budget analysis, rights-based approach to public service delivery and other budget concepts.
A Uganda with a people centered budget that dignifies humanity.
Working towards ensuring that budgets at local and national levels are financed, designed, implemented and monitored to promote prudent and transparent allocation of national resources for the benefit of marginalized groups.
1. To influence Government decisions on resource mobilization and utilization for equitable and sustainable development.
2. To advocate for increased transparency and accountability in national priorities, financing and public spending at all levels.
3. To build and strengthen the capacity of CSBAG to carry out its mandate