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The case of the mislaid allocation: economic and social rights and budget work

The paper provides a short history of the development of human rights budget work and explains what human rights budget work is. It discusses the different focuses - including on transparency, on gender, and on the right to food-of current work and provides examples of some of the work done by civil society groups in different countries. It also summarizes some of the strategies used by groups in their human rights budget work. The next part of the paper focuses on the current environment for the work and opportunities for its development as well as challenges civil society groups face in doing the work. The last part of the paper makes recommendations for initiatives that need to be undertaken by civil society, governments, intergovernmental bodies and donors to encourage and facilitate the development of human rights budget work.

Human rights budget; Economic, social and cultural rights; NGOs

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