NGOs Comment on 2011/12 National Budget

ngos Budget 2011
Friday, 25 February, 2011 - 12:41

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented the 2011/12 National Budget to Parliament on 23 February 2011. As in the past few years, SANGONeT is pleased to present you with the comments and perspectives of various NGOs in response to the budget. Issues covered by the NGO comments range from general observations about the budget to key development priorities such as education, gender, governance, health and economic justice

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented the 2011/12 National Budget to Parliament on 23 February 2011 in Cape Town.

We are pleased to present you with a special edition of NGO Pulse which highlights the perspectives of various NGOs in response to the budget.

Issues covered by the NGO comments range from general observations about the budget to key development priorities such as job creation, education, social services, youth development and health.

Although there is much consensus that Minister Gordhan presented a balanced budget which attempts to respond to most national priorities, some contentious issues remain.

A key issue in this regard is criticism of the macro-economic framework, in particular the continued focus on inflation targeting and reducing the budget deficit. While some agree with the current approach, others feel that the government is too conservative given the resources required to deal with poverty, unemployment and other historical development challenges.

A concern highlighted by a number of NGOs relates to the ability and capacity of government departments to deliver services in line with their mandate. Specific concerns relate to lack of skills, weak administrative systems, corruption and wastage of resources which characterise many government departments.

Questions are also raised again about the lack of recognition for the role that NGOs play in responding to the needs of the poor, especially in the view of the mentioned capacity constraints experienced by government departments.

The following NGOs have commented on the budget (click on the name of organisation):

We welcome any other NGO comments, opinions and recommendations in response to the budget and will highlight them on the NGO Pulse portal.

NGO Pulse Team, editor@sangonet.org.za

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