The 2021 Budget: Why Should It Matter?

Introduction

It is that time of the year once again when the Parliament of Zimbabwe conducts the national budget consultations in selected parts of the country to gather people’s views and aspirations on the National Budget. Within a month, the budget will be presented before the House of Assembly by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, and this would be followed by the approval by parliament paving way for its implementation, starting January 2021.

Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI Z) through its community structures, has been taking part in the budget consultative meetings. Citizens, and the youth in particular, have been asking why the national budget receives more attention compared to other policy documents? Is it a legal requirement for parliament to conduct the national budget consultations? Why are these national budget consultations important in the attainment of sustainable development goals? To what extent are these consultations informing the national budget? Does the government undertake monitoring and evaluation of its national budgets? To what extent does the national budget promote the quality of peoples social and economic rights? It is against this backdrop that this week’s Weekend Digest provides an overview to these questions to ensure inclusivity and participation in national budget processes in Zimbabwe.

Read the Weekend Digest here (1MB PDF)

Source: Transparency International – Zimbabwe (TI-Z)