In most countries, budget issues receive the most attention when the executive branch releases its proposed budget to the legislature and the public. This signals the beginning of the legislative review process, during which it deliberates on the executives proposed policies. Frequently, it is at this point that the key issues in the debate over the budget are established, and that judgments on a budget’s merits are made. As this process culminates in the enactment of the final budget, media attention is greatest at this point, offering civil society organization (CSOs) valuable opportunities to advocate for their issues. By providing an independent analysis of the executives budget proposal when information is in high demand and engaging in legislative deliberations, civil society organizations (CSOs) can inform the debate over the budget and influence its direction.
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