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Monitoring government spending – Good practice guide

This tool explains how to monitor government budgets at a community level

2016 Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish

A prisoner cleaning the floor of Luzira Prison, Uganda.

From: Reveal toolkit: Corruption and governance

Tools to tackle corruption and consider  wider governance issues, such as prison reform and work with prisoners

Monitoring of government spending can help to ensure that funds are spent well, and not lost to corruption. It enables communities to ask if public resources are being used as planned and are bringing the expected results.

It can lead to better public services for communities and strengthen relationships and accountability between communities and people in power, with the possibility of influencing local governments to prioritise expenditure that will meet the community’s greatest needs.

This tool includes guidance on how to set up a budget-monitoring project, including what information is needed and how to access it.

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