Demanding Government Accountability and Budget Transparency
As part of the Millennium Development Goals, governments worldwide agreed to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. They recognized that this is a key aspect of ending poverty, increasing gender equality, and building robust economies. However, not all governments have allocated sufficient resources to uphold their promises.
In 2008, we embarked on a new advocacy strategy to demand budget transparency and greater governmental accountability. We believe citizens have the right to know how their government is spending its money. That’s why we’ve undertaken a number of large-scale projects that ensure governments fulfill their commitments to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and gender equality.
In collaboration with IPPF/European Network, we strengthened the capacity of civil society to hold governments in eleven countries accountable to their commitments to gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Voices Project established strong coalitions where none previously existed and fortified the advocacy skills and strategies of our Member Associations to increase budget transparency. In just five years, our efforts secured a total of 110 policy changes that expand sexual and reproductive health services and rights and directly affect the health and well-being of sixty-two million people.