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Government Advised to Align Budget Priorities with Citizens’ Needs

In their bid to advocate for a more transparent and people centred budget, Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) held a survey to provide a platform for citizens to air their concerns which they would like the government to address in the next financial year.

This survey was also intended to find out which sectors the citizens wanted the Government to focus on in the upcoming financial year.

CSBAG, a coalition that brings together CSOs and individuals in Uganda to engage in influencing the budget process, held this survey in nine (9) sub regions across the country.

The survey which was in form of an opinion poll was conducted in major districts like Gulu, Wakiso, Lira, Arua etc.

Addressing the Media to share the results of the polls, CSBAG Executive Director Julius Mukunda who was speaking at the group’s offices in Ntinda, said that the results highlight Citizens’ most critical needs that the Government should consider:

“CSBAG has over the years taken necessary steps to support government in ensuring that budgets at local and native level are participatory, pro-people and address the needs and aspirations of all Ugandans.

“As part of our work towards improving citizens participation, we set out to conduct independent opinion, and overall, the results serve to emphasize the call that CSBAG has previously made, particularly for Government to increase its funding towards key sectors like Health and Education.”

According to the said results, CSBAG says that the findings showed that:

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– 28.8% Ugandans want increased investment in health care compared to the 12.07% that Government has planned for the next financial year 2018-2019.

– 26.4% want increased investment in Education compared to the planned 17.94% that Government has planned.

– Only 15.5% of Ugandans are interested in Investments in Roads and Energy compared to Government’s planned 53.67%.

Mukunda added that: “The above results point to a mismatch between Government’s planned expenditure and the citizens’ most pressing needs.”

The overall sample size of the polls was 5175, and this was spread in over 115 districts across the country.

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