In the development field in recent years, increasing attention has been given to understanding and promoting methods which enable relatively powerless people to hold more powerful people, organisations and institutions to account. Many development practitioners see efforts towards this kind of accountability as having the potential to transform power relations in favour of the less powerful.
Sector-specific Budget Monitoring
Closely related to participatory budgets, sector-specific budget monitoring is a tool used to check that a government’s policy commitments in a particular sector match its expenditure. Most commonly used to track expenditure on gender, they have also been used to examine spending on children.