April 19 webinar inspired MPs to design national budgets aligned with SDGs.
On 19th April, PfGG, SDSN and UHC2030 co-hosted a webinar on designing national budgets to be consistent with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
More than 70 MPs and staff participated in this expert webinar which underlined that the first step is to recognize SDGs as a national priority and make them the core of the budgeting process – throughout the whole of the budget cycle.
Our expert panelists were:
Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Regional Director of WHO EMRO, used the case of universal health coverage and WHO’s Health for All by All to exemplify the Population Coverage-Service Coverage-Financial Protection model of policy and budget design. He also shared some key findings of the EMR Health Financing Atlas 2018, and its implication for budget-designing in practice.
Dr. Fernando Aportela, Professor of finance at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, presented practical and actionable advice to budget for the SDGs, such as leveraging end-of-year funds, special committees, and monitoring changes in fiscal responsibility laws.
Dr. Elisabeth Hege, Research Fellow of IDDRI’s Sustainable Development Governance Programme, presented IDDRI’s report ‘Integrating SDGs into national budgetary processes, and the tools and mechanisms to harness that stem from their research. Based on the experiences and challenges of MPs from around the world, IDDRI developed a framework using the SDGs as a tool for budget prioritisation. See the report here.
The webinar was then structured into three break-out rooms to allow more focused interactions between the participants, with three themes: Budgeting for a Sustainable Economic Recovery, led by Dr. Phoebe Kondurin, Budgeting for Education, led by Manos Antoninis, and Budgeting for Health, led by Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba.
The webinar was a powerful reminder that budgeting should be based on our common goals, rather than just using the SDGs as a branding exercise of existing budget lines.