The following list of questions provide a guide to the ways in which Employers' Organizations can interrogate national budgets and the budgetary process:
- Has the state received an increase or decrease in total revenue collected?
- If so, has it earmarked new areas of expenditure or cuts already?
- What new revenue sources are being considered (e.g., gambling revenues, new taxes, changes in mineral rights)?
Has the State implemented a gender responsive budgeting approach?(1)
- What efforts has the state made to increase the efficiency of public spending?
- Are there areas of "fat" in the budget from which spending can be redirected to more pressing aims?
- If so, what prevented this (e.g., labour agreements might limit the short-term potential for personnel redeployment)?
- What external shocks to government revenue can be expected (e.g. changes in commodity prices)?
- What domestic changes may impact on government revenues (e.g., major infrastructure outlay?)
(1) Gender-responsive budgeting is government planning, programming and budgeting that entails identifying and reflecting needed interventions to address gender gaps in sector and local government policies, plans and budgets, and analyzing the gender-differentiated impact of revenue-raising policies and the allocation of domestic resources and Official Development Assistance. Gender-responsive budgeting initiatives seek to create enabling policy frameworks, build capacity and strengthen monitoring mechanisms to support accountability to women. For more information go to: http://www.gender-budgets.org/