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Surinamese education budget - UNICEF Suriname

For UNICEF Suriname, student Rosa Klein conducted an analysis of the Surinamese education budget to develop a tool for citizens to analyze government spending in the social sector.

Suriname spends a large percentage of its budget on education, yet it is plagued by a nearly 50% rate of failure of primary school graduation examinations and increasing reports of fraud by government officials. Noting these challenges, UNICEF will utilize Rosa's work to increase civil society participation and monitoring of the budget process.

Rosa's report, "The Education Budget in Suriname 2004-2007 - Child Friendly Budget Analysis: A Tool to Measure Results for Children and Enhance Transparency," serves two basic functions: first, it is an in-depth look at spending in public education; second, it is a model that may be applied to analyze other aspects of the government budget for social expenditures. She composed it through a series of interviews with public servants from the Ministries of Finance and Education and research into budget documents. The report describes the budget trends for the years 2004-2007, and notes significant gaps in information that arise out of the official public financial documents.

Read Rosa's report here.

Rosa with UNICEF Suriname Country Staff,
August 2007.

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