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
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,