GTLC calls for legislations to enforce implementation of PBB and GRB
Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition (GTLC), a Non-Governmental Organization working at influencing public policy planning, has called on government to institute legislations to enforce the implementation of Program Based Budgeting (PBB) and Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in the country.
Speaking at a stakeholder engagement forum in Wa on Friday, the Coordinator for GTLC, Ibrahim Akalbila, said the legislations will provide the framework for budgeting and holding authorities to duty and accountable.
He observed that bugets are not properly implemented at the local levels, thus the need for legislations.
Mr Akalbila said the GTLC has taken particular interest in the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which they believe Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) would make it easy to achieve.
He said the SDGs has a broad objective of 'leaving no one behind' and that the implementation of performance based budgeting through gender based situation analysis was the way to go.
He also observed with concern that the district assemblies are challenged in the area of raising funds to support the implementation of the performance based and gender responsive budgets within their localities.
He called on government to consciously support the MMDAs to be efficient in carrying out their responsibilities to benefit the masses.
Some participants at the forum observed that PBB and GRB have not been fully implemented because of the lack of will power on the part of successive governments.
In Ghana, Program Based Budgeting was first promulgated in 2008 and Ghana Government started its implementation in 2014.
However, GTLC observed that its implementation would be incomplete if it does not include elements of Gender Responsive Budgeting.