Child rights activists from across the country have been challenged to take a leading role in championing child-friendly budgeting to ensure that child-centric projects benefit more.
Save the Children Malawi Deputy Country Director Stanley Phiri made the challenge recently in Mponela at the start of a capacity building workshop on effective child budget analysis and advocacy in Malawi.
“By ratifying international treaties that call for proper allocation of resources, Malawi acknowledged the importance of doing so. Therefore, as child rights advocates, we must be equipped to demand that our government should invest in our children,” said Phiri.
He said failure to investing in children has potential to trigger long term economic downturns.
“Failure to invest in children is a guaranteed way to foster intergenerational poverty,” Phiri cautioned.
Public Finance for Children Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa for UNICEF Kenya Bob Muchabaiwa, who is the lead facilitator, said civil society organisations working in the children’s sector can better advance fulfilment of child Rights if they are adequately prepared to analyse national budgets and advocate for public policy that improve child welfare.
In his remarks, Chairperson of the NGO CCR Desmond Mhango said advocates with requisite skills for budget analysis are key to ensuring that children’s programs have adequate financing.
“A proper understanding of macroeconomic and fiscal environment and what it means for children in Malawi is important for CSOs. We hope for improved resource allocation on child protection, nutrition and gender,” said Mhango.
A group of child rights activists, under the banner of public finance for children civil society caucus, will be equipped on budget analysis and advocacy on helping shape national budgets that prioritize on investing in children.
The week-long workshop has been organised by NGO Coalition on Child Rights (NGO CCR) in partnership with Save the Children and UNICEF.