to strengthen the bargaining power of social movements in budgeting and service delivery in Senegal
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) leads a global campaign to promote transparency and citizen participation in decisions about how governments raise and spend revenue. In partnership with civil society organizations, state actors, international institutions, and the private sector, the IBP undertakes research, training, and advocacy to ensure budget decision-making processes are participatory. and inclusive and that spending policies promote equity and fairness. The IBP’s SPARK (Strength Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge) initiative partners with civil society organizations and social movements to help underserved groups understand the fiscal challenges of poor service delivery and equipping them with the knowledge and tools to effectively advocate for improved public spending. SPARK combines the strength and momentum of large “bottom-up” advocacy movements with IBP’s focused public finance expertise and experience to improve basic services for vulnerable communities. In Senegal, the first phase of SPARK brought new actors – social movements – into the fiscal governance space to improve budget allocations and service delivery in key priority sectors for marginalized groups. These social movements now have a set of capacities and a level of self-confidence that allow them to identify, engage and ultimately influence government decisions. During this grant period, in addition to transitioning from a program to a grounded, adaptive and effective country office in Senegal, the IBP will seek to deepen and scale up this work to ensure that budget governance and service delivery systems are more inclusive, responsive and efficient. responsible for the needs of historically excluded groups, particularly women and girls in Senegal. This includes officially registering the IBP office in Senegal and acting as an in-country broker to support our inclusive governance strategy grantmaking there.