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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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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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