At the invitation of the regional legislative body, SADC PF, SAPST attended the session of the Standing Committee on democracy governance and human rights of the SADC PF in Johannesburg on the 28th of April 2018.

During this session SAPST Public policy officer Chengetai Kanyangu shared a draft of the model child-friendly budget that is currently under development.

The model child friendly budget is being developed as part of an initiative to promote investment in children in east and southern Africa.

One of the main objectives of the programme, which is supported by Save the Children International, is to strengthen the role of national and regional parliaments in advocating for increased and equitable public resource allocation towards children’s rights.

The Committee on democracy governance and human rights, currently chaired by Mauritius, agreed that the issue of investment in children should be prioritised.

A tool such as the Model child-friendly budget will be useful to countries in their efforts to promote child friendly budgeting in their national budget process.

The members of the committee also recognised the important role of Parliament throughout the entire budget cycle to ensure transparency, accountability, equity, equality, par ticipation and sustainability of national budgets in response to the needs of children in the region.

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