The Institute of Social Policy and Research (ISPR) is a public policy and research center founded to undertake social, economic, and governance policy research and conduct tailored courses and management consultancy for civil society groups, and public and private sectors. We bridge the policy research gaps in South Sudan and the region and offer expert analysis on public policies, legislation, and capacity development mechanisms that assist to build strong institutions. In the last few months, ISPR has been working with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning Central Equatoria State and the Revitalized State Transitional Assembly to conduct an analysis of the state budget for 2022/2023. After the first draft of the report, a validation workshop was organized, and inputs gathered from the validation were cooperated into the final report. Now the report is ready for public consumption. In line with the above, members of the state parliament, ministry of finance, civil society leaders, private sector leaders, and youth leaders were invited to attend this event where they interacted and exchanged views and give feedback on the report presented to them.

The Central Equatoria State Budget Analysis is produced for the Transitional State Legislative Assembly, the State Ministry of Finance Planning and Investment, and all other government stakeholders, civil society, international institutions supporting the state, and the citizens. Since government budgets are the most tangible aspect of public policy, it is essential for all stakeholders – outside and within Government –to understand and analyze them to assess the direction of policy and the quality of policy implementation. Analysis of budgets is essential to assess how well the Government's declared policy priorities in different sectors are being planned for and implemented, and the spending quality was underlying critical principles of Efficiency, Effectiveness, Equity, and Transparency. The FY2022/2023 budget is the second budget to be prepared under the 2021-2024 Central Equatoria State Development Plan that focuses on “Consolidating Peace and Stabilizing the Economy towards a Prosperous State.”

On the 20th of  May 2023 at the Landmark Hotel in Juba, the Institute of Social Policy and Research (ISPR), with support from the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA), organized a dissemination workshop of the Central Equatoria State Budget Analysis Report for the fiscal year 2022-2023. The event brought together key stakeholders mainly honorable members of the Central Equatoria State Legislative Assembly, particularly key members of the specialized committee on Finance and  Economic planning in the State Parliament, including state government representatives from the state Ministry of Finance, the civil society organizations (CSOs), women groups, public and Private sector independent group among other stakeholders. The event was attended by 23 participants (17 male and 6 female).

The presentation of the Central Equatoria State Budget Analysis Report was made with the objective to engage state members of parliament, CSOs, the private sector, and other stakeholders in the budget analysis report to increase, strengthen and promote citizen participation, transparency, and accountability on how well the state government allocates budget to address policy priorities in different sectors. The budget analysis report will serve as a tool for members of the State parliament and key government stakeholders to make a good budget and achievable plan for its implementation. The presentation also provided a platform for the state MPs to identify areas in the budget where spending quality was achieved, and the imbalance was pointed out as a critical domain for attention. This report will help the state MPs to reflect on related issues coming up in the budget in June for the fiscal year 2023/2024. Civil society organizations will use this report to raise public awareness and advocate for quality implementation of subsequent state budgets.