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BAN: consist of local and international organizations such as the Transparency Intetrnational (TISL) Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), Western Area Budget Education Network (WABEAN), Actionaid International Sierra Leone (AASISL), Search for Common Ground (SFCG), and Christian Aid (CA).

The Budget Advocacy Network is organised around the three principle of the budget i.e. participation, transparency and accountability. The purpose is to ensure a greater inclusiveness in the budget process, increase access to information and improved responsiveness geared towards achieving gender sensitive and pr-poor budget and programmes.

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SIERRA LEONE POLICY BRIEF

Foreign investment has increased in Sierra Leone in recent years, and amounted to US$446m in 2010 and US$1.2bn in 2011, the bulk of which came from mining companies.... NOV 10, 2014

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FINAL TAX REPORT

This report is the first attempt in Sierra Leone to analyse the government’s ‘tax expenditure’ – ie, the amount of revenues lost by the government’s granting of tax incentives and exemptions. It shows that these revenue losses are extremely large. This means that the government is spending far less than it could on the country’s urgent development priorities, such as health, education and agriculture... NOV 10, 2014

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CIVIL SOCIETY POSITION PAPER ON THE 2015 NATIONAL BUDGET DISCUSSIONS

The Budget Advocacy Network (BAN) consist of Civil Society Organizations in Sierra Leone committed to advocacy on budget transparency, accountability and participation to ensure that Sierra Leoneans benefit from pro poor policies and programmes. BAN members and other Non-State Actors participated in the 2015 budget discussions and also organized two weeks radio programme on the budget discussions to inform the public on the content of MDA’s presentations of their plans and budgets to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED). Additionally, it was aimed at sourcing public opinion on what the MDAs presented and also solicited public opinion on what they want to see in the 2015 National Budget... NOV 10, 2014

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BUDGET ADVOCACY NETWORK POLICY BRIEF ON WATER AND SANITATION

This brief highlights the Government of Sierra Leone's commitments in the water and sanitation sector, the challenges facing water and sanitation and the Government's budgetary commitments. It ends by making policy recommendations to improve Government water and sanitation spending and policy... NOV 10, 2014

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BUDGET OF SIERRA LEONE 2011 - 2013

This report analyses the Economic Policies and Budget Statements of the Government of Sierra Leone for the period 2011 to 2013. It has been compiled by the Budget Advocacy Network (BAN) in Sierra Leone using a human rights framework... OCT 21, 2014

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PRESS RELEASE ON THE 2014 GOVERNMENT BUDGET 5th December 2013

The Budget Advocacy Network (BAN) is a Network of Civil Society Organizations in Sierra Leone committed to work on government budget and its related issues to enhance pro poor policies and programme.

BAN carefully studied the 2014 budget and came up with some brief observations and recommendations. This brief statement on the 2014 Budget is as a result of a quick review of the national budget presented by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development to Parliament on 29th November 2013.

BAN will later follow this press statement with an extensive analysis of the 2014 Budget Statement and share the findings to all the stakeholders. We want to commence this statement by commending the government for proposing to pilot the Health Insurance Scheme; establish the Skills Development and Small and Medium Enterprises funds; and develop the Transformation fund. We also applaud government for proposing to broaden the tax base by firstly reducing duty and GST waivers; combating tax evasion; and enhancing transparency and accountability in revenue collection and also for opening more space for CSOs participation in the budget preparation processes.. Jan 21, 2013

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Sierra Leone provides minimal information to the public in its budget documents during the year.

Sierra Leone's score is 39 out of 100, which is below the average score of 43 for all the 100 countries surveyed. It is also lower than the scores of its neighbors Ghana and Liberia but above those of its neighbors Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, and São Tomé e Príncipe. Sierra Leone's score indicates that the government provides the public with minimal information on the national government's budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This makes it challenging for citizens to hold the government accountable for its management of the public's money.... Jan 21, 2013

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