DBM’s Key focus on budget decentralization and democratization;
- Equitable distribution of Income
- Efficient allocation of resources
- Participatory budgeting
DBM’s works with other stakeholders to raise voice on people’s participation in the decision making process, that has not been felt at all levels of budget cycle, formulation and implementation of poverty reduction policies and development programs. The demand for public accountability and transparency by the state towards the citizens in resource/budget allocation and management sets aground for budget monitoring and tracking by both state and citizens.
Rationale for DBM’s work, linked to MDG’s.
- Localization of MDG’s through participatory planning and budgeting; The MDGs, whether global, national or local are underpinned by the Millennium Declaration and the principles of good governance there in. To achieve the goals and to sustain progress requires civic participation in planning, budgeting and monitoring of national poverty reduction policies and programs. These demands for an inclusive and accountable decentralized governing system. It is an agenda that strengthens local efforts to participate and monitor national development priorities, hold leaders accountable and track results on a continuous basis.
- Budget decentralization and Poverty reduction; decentralization in itself means devolving powers and structures from the central government to the local administrative units for easy citizen engagements in making decisions that affect their lives from local to national level.
Budget decentralization increases popular participation in decision making because it brings government closer to the people, making it more accessible and knowledgeable about local conditions and more responsive to peoples’ demands. This directly links to addressing issues on equitable distribution and efficient resource allocation on poverty reduction programs. At its best be achieved when government provides space for citizen engagement in budget planning and monitoring of poverty reduction programs and policies.
Conclusion: With the above, it is of no doubt that DBM’s engagements are tailored towards inclusive participation of citizens and youth involvement at all levels of decision making processes of the budget cycle in informing the MDG’s pre and post direction at local and national level.