Budget Advocacy School “Local Budgets For Harm Reduction” was held in Kyiv
27 june 2019
Twenty non-governmental organizations working in the field of public health participated in the Budget Advocacy School supported by the International Renaissance Foundation.
The event purpose is to give participants the opportunity to improve skills that will help them to participate in the formation of local public health policies.
The process of transition from donor financing to budget ones is long-terming, it requires time and constant monitoring and public organizations inclusion in processes.
“When we work with the government, we clearly understand that this process will never end. Every year we analyze how the Transition Plan takes place, how the service is being tariffed and how much it meets the needs of the client,” – said Maxim Demchenko, Budget Advocacy School expert.
The speakers taught participants how to work with analytical documents, considered the budget processes of funds allocation, tools for their monitoring and the basis of graphic design in the advocacy campaign.
It should be noted that successful cases of raising funds at the local level were considered at the event, where representatives from Odessa, Vinnytsya, Poltava, Lviv, Sumy and Cherkassy talked about their own experience and discussed the arising problems of budget advocacy.
“The problem I see is that the authorities are not fully aware of the dangers of HIV/AIDS. Local authorities should take responsibility for the public health at the regional level. Soon international donors will no longer finance this field, and all responsibility will rest on the government. Therefore, we need to take certain steps in this direction in order to improve the situation and increase funding in the field of HIV/AIDS at the expense of local budgets,” – said Oleksandr Bortnyk, Budget Advocacy School member, Deputy Chairman of NGO “Institute for Social Development”.
After training, Budget Advocacy School members will plan to implement their own advocacy campaigns at the local level. That will allow attracting more funds from budgets in the regions for public health activities, which will increase the country’s responsibility for the sustainability of harm reduction services.