This paper is largely based on research and work conducted in Bangladesh by the Development Organisation for the Urban Poor; in India by the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability and IRC WASH and in Kenya by the Water Integrity Network/Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Societies Network and the Centre for Social Planning and Administrative Development CESPAD between 2018 and 2020. Through a case studies in these countries, the paper describes how CSOs and government have collaborated and mobilised citizens to understand key moments for budget decision-making; have provided voice and space to the most marginalised; and succeeded in influencing financial allocations to water supply and sanitation. Examples from other countries are also provided.
Author: Catarina Fonseca, Zobair Hasan, Trisha Agarwal, Sareen Malik and Jacob A. Baraza
Type: Briefing note/Position Paper