Community Work – Budget Advocacy for Better Health
A Working Guide to Budget Advocacy in the Social Justice Arena
SPII continues to be committed to facilitating public participation in governmental budgeting processes. Part of this is continuing the advocacy work we have started with the Chiawelo Budgeting for Change group, based in Soweto. A series of budgeting workshops were held with this group from the period of inception of the project with the last 2 workshops held in May 2021.
A big part of effective budget advocacy is being able to capacitate communities to champion better service delivery for themselves, guided by the governmental budget cuts and allocations. This was the recurring theme of our Budget School workshops: we facilitated budget literacy material aimed at bringing budget information closer to the people. Our Constitution protects and upholds the civil liberty of public participation. Through these budget literacy workshops with the Chiawelo group, we make South African budgeting processes more accessible to citizens, from tackling the often alienating financial jargon, to encouraging community members to advocate for better social services ......