Resource Allocation

Resource allocation involves the costing of activities within strategic plans and deciding on the allocation of budgets to priority programmes.

a) Government officials rigorously cost activities and programmes prioritised in strategic plans.

b) A Medium-Term Expenditure Framework setting out estimates of anticipated revenue and expenditure reliably guides strategic planning and the allocation of resources within budgets.

c) A draft budget is produced, which is classified by programme and function and is publicly disseminated and debated.

d) Budget negotiation hearings provide a transparent, reliable and inclusive set of annual procedures for multi-stakeholder negotiation of draft budgets and for the finalisation of budget allocations.

e) Civil society groups obtain copies of draft budgets and assess the coherence of proposed resource allocations and engage with government officials during the various stages of the budgeting process in an attempt to have their interests reflected in finalised budgets.

a) Government officials explain and justify proposed budget allocations and engage with civil society groups, who assess the explanations and justifications for budget decisions and the prioritisation of allocations to programmes and activities and call for the reprioritisation of allocations (where these are not aligned with priority needs); budget allocations are amended on the basis of evidence.

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