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Civil society in Sierra Leone is a powerful force in shaping and building the economic, social, political and environmental agenda of the country and a major constituent in setting a new development path in the country, contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and poverty reduction. Civil Society in Sierra Leone have worked together as a team to ensure Sierra Leone qualified for debt relief -when the debt burden of the country was so huge. Given the placement of Sierra Leone on United Nation Human Development Report, it is necessary for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to work to ensure an improved service delivery and improved living conditions for people of Sierra Leone. The national and local budgets are key areas to achieving improving living conditions of the people.

Engagements on the budgets through budget policy, resource generation and allocations, and monitoring of budgets are vital areas CSOs in Sierra Leone have worked on for some time now. Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Sierra Leone have worked enormously on budgets and issues relating to budget policy, budget revenue and allocations, and monitoring of budgets.

Since 2006, BAN with technical support from the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) in Ghana, has been engaged with budget advocacy work underpinned by a right-based approach centered mainly around three thematic areas: 1) budget analysis, 2) PRSPs, 3) poverty and social impact analysis (PSIA). With funding support from Christian Aid, BAN organized a workshop facilitated by ISODEC from which the need to establish a network to advocate on issues relating to budgets was mooted and subsequently established.

The network was then called Budget Advocacy Network and a BAN partner member, Network Movement For Justice and Development (NMJD) played an instrumental role during the formative stages by providing one of key programme staff to coordinate the activities of the network. Since then, BAN was able to implement many activities including training of its members and undertaking the national budget analysis of 2007 - 2009. Until 2009 the network was not having any structure (lose network) and the need for a workable structure was paramount.

In 2009, the Network was structured with funding support from Christian Aid which engaged a consultant to assist in providing a structure for BAN. An outcome of the restructuring and design of BAN was that the BAN Secretariat was established and became fully operational by way of providing coordinating functions for the network. A high decision-making level was also created comprising the heads of member institutions that formed the Executive Committee, followed by the establishment of an operational committee with sub- operational committees which became operational.



"Promoting Participation, Transparency and Accountability in both the National and Local Budget Process in Sierra Leone ." - ~Ban Theme

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