In 2018, we piloted a new approach in seven countries to equip grassroots communities with the skills to gain influence over budgets. This effort, Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge (SPARK), focused on Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa. In five years, we have proven that a bottom-up model works. We can tangibly improve the lives of underserved communities and these communities can lead effective, powerful coalitions capable of shifting government incentives and service delivery practices.
Below are six case studies showing the impact of our approach and the wins gained in collaboration with our partners on the ground. From access to primary healthcare and fuel subsidies to toilets and clean water, our partners used budget analysis and advocacy to engage government and secure a seat at the decision-making table, ultimately having a say in the budget decisions that affect their lives.