Budget Work to Advance the Right to Food: “Many a slip…" (4.06 MB, PDF)
“Many a slip” draws on the experiences of budget work in a number of countries, setting out a step-by-step process for analyzing a government’s budget to assess its compliance with its right to food obligations. While the focus is on right to food-related issues, the process described is readily adaptable to work on other rights.
“Many a slip…” builds on and goes beyond the information contained in Dignity Counts, a publication produced in 2004 by the International Budget Partnership (IBP), Fundar-Centro de Análisis e Investigación and IHRIP. In the five years since Dignity Counts was published, organizations worldwide have actively pursued budget work using a rights framework. By drawing on the more recent experiences of budget work in a number of countries, “Many a slip…” is able to provide a more in-depth and developed approach to human rights budget analysis. In addition, the guide contains information about initiatives in three countries to develop a “right to food budget.” “Many a slip” is 120 pages in length and is the product of a collaborative effort by the FAO, IHRIP, IBP and other organizations.
Dignity Counts: A guide to using budget work to advance human rights (1.80 MB, PDF)
Dignity Counts, a 94-page publication, uses a real-life case study to explore how budget analysis can be used to assess a government's compliance with its human rights obligations and to arrive at specific, concrete recommendations related to the government's budgeting and expenditures that, if implemented, would improve the human rights situation.
Produced by Fundar-Centro de Análisis e Investigación, the International Budget Project (IBP) and the International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP), Dignity Counts focuses on the right to health in Mexico, but the analysis used is applicable to other human rights, such as education and housing, and to other national contexts. The publication describes the case study (which focuses on health care services available to the informally employed and unemployed in Mexico), a section on human rights, another on budget analysis, a discussion of the analytical process used to relate human rights and budget analysis to a specific situation, a detailed discussion of how this thinking process is applied to the case study, and a section on using budget analysis for human rights advocacy.