The Missing Link: Applied Budget Work as a Tool to Hold Governments Accountable for Maternal Mortality Reduction Commitments

May 19, 2009

May 2009 | By the International Budget Partnership

This brief explores the relevance of civil society budget analysis and advocacy (i.e., budget work) as a tool to hold governments accountable for their maternal mortality reduction commitments and discusses three recent examples of civil society groups engaged with budget analysis and advocacy: Fundar, Center for Analysis and Research in Mexico; Women’s Dignity in Tanzania; and the Center for Budget and Governance Accountability in India. The work of these organizations, and the lessons that we seek to draw from their experiences underscore that the lack of real progress in reducing maternal mortality is unquestionably linked to the failure of governments to make maternal health a budgetary priority. Their findings reveal that even though resources to address this issue exist—and may continue to grow—they are not necessarily being allocated correctly or spent effectively.