A new buzzword is floating around in the development world. Pro-poor planning and budgeting. What is it?
On the one hand it's an ADB-Bappenas technical assistance project that will "contribute to improvement of access of the poor to quality social services and infrastructure." But more than that, pro-poor planning & budgeting seems like an operational answer to questions like "how can we make sure that the government is taking MDGs seriously?" Especially given that planning documents are usually very general/thematic with no specifically measurable targets and not linked to budgeting process, etc. etc.
So what makes a plan and budget "pro-poor"? The project team said there are four indicators:
- it answers the root causes of poverty
- it will have impact on improvement of poor people's lives (as stated in MDGs or government mid-term development plans)
- its targets are majority poor
- the poor are included in the planning & budgeting process