This fall, in partnership with UNICEF and national government agencies in Equatorial Guinea, we have been developing a system to assess the government’s financial support of services to children.
We are creating a methodology that explicitly captures and measure “child-specific” spending at local levels in Equatorial Guinea. Government agencies track overall social expenditures but do not disaggregate them by age, as a result it is difficult to track spending that directly or indirectly supports child wellbeing.
In rolling out this project, our objectives are to:
- Monitor the overall financial efforts of the government to support children, thus systematizing reporting in regards to child rights spending related to Article 4 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
- Guide decision making and the allocation of resources to prioritize initiative directed towards children
- Facilitate impact evaluation of public expenditures and the identification of bottlenecks and barriers to promote efficiency and effectiveness
- Track specific expenditures down to the line agencies and frontline service providers. These service providers are critical to ensuring greater and more equitable outcomes for children.
We are working with a variety of local and national government agencies including, the National Statistics Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury of Equatorial Guinea as well as different social sector ministries.
In an initial phase we are gathering the data at the local level across the country and identifying entry points and opportunities to influence child-related budgeting and policy.
Subsequently, we will evaluate inequities in spending to ensure the poorest children’s needs are being addressed.