National budget which is now a centre point of public attention is undermining the presence of participatory and autonomous local governance. Due to the outdated and highly centralized budget formulation process, its reproducing poverty on the periphery by concentrating power at the centre.
Through this campaign, people across the country are re-uniting this year following the 34 points of Dhaka Declaration. Economic literacy for the media and budget activists, policy advocacy on district budget, pre-budget consultation with the civil society, gender budget analysis, tracking of development projects around social safety-net and agricultural investment, opinion building around tax justice and public-public partnership are some of the key actions to be reinforced by the Democratic Budget Movement this year.
People from the grassroots, civil society, youth and media are the targeted stakeholders & beneficiaries of this campaign which will be launched in 20+ districts covering 7 regional centers along with Chittagong Hill Tracts
To strengthen policy campaigns to decentralize the national budget from the district level
To reduce poverty and regional inequality, involving civil society and grassroots movements for raising voice towards decentralization of budget
To transform District councils into centers for implementation of programs on education and health and all other development plans, and programs, and for maintenance of law and order
To turn the unions into headquarters for development and administration of the area and be developed as growth centers