Budget Transparency for child nutrition (BTCN)

BTCN report

In order to track whether we are making progress in reducing child mortality, citizens and child rights monitors need access to information from their governments. The BTCN study set out to establish the degree of budget transparency in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in relation to one critical issue: child nutrition.

The BTCN study focused on the public availability of different types of information pertaining to budgeting for child nutrition, and public participation in the government's decision-making about child nutrition. The research was applied to the national level and the sub-national level in each country. Click on the right to find out more about the project and its report on findings.


guide on budget transparency & human rights

Guide to BUDGET TRAnsparency survey

Many civil society organisations and persons struggle to access budget information needed to monitor sector and human rights areas of concern. To advocate for better access to information there is a need to know whether, and is so what, information is lacking.

The guide explors how to design and conduct survey-based research on budget transparency in a selected sector or in relation to a specific human right. The guide builds on the experience of the above mentioned BTCN project. It uses the BTCN study as a springboard to discuss practical considerations for undertaking research of a similar kind.

Turning children's rights into children's realities

brief on Why open, inclusive and accountable budgets are important for children

The brief discusses why open, inclusive and accountable budgets are important for the sustainable realization of children's rights. It starts by discussing the relationship between governance, children's rights and open budgets as well as the relevance of budget transparency and participation for the realization of children's rights.

It then draws attention to the above research on budget transparency and participation that was conducted in relation to key child nutrition interventions in five African countries. The document concludes by outlining recommendations to governments on how budget transparency, participation and accountability can be improved and how civil society and other actors, including children themselves, can contribute to this.