Welcome to OBAC

Odisha Budget and Accountability Centre, OBAC, as a constituent of CYSD, has been working on budget research and advocacy, since 2003.
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Community Monitoring

In order to strengthen the community voice, demand and participation in local governance processes, the centre promotes social accountability tools such as community score card, citizen report card, participatory expenditure tracking, Panchayat Resource Centers etc,. These tools have been largely experimented by many national and international organizations. CYSD has also good experience of using these accountability tools. During this process community level implementation issues are linked to higher level service delivery institutions and authority.

Gender Budgeting

In Odisha , the Gender budgeting concept emerged during 2004-05 by introducing women component plan. However due to methodological difficulty and administrative inaction the process could not geared-up.  OBAC started work on gender responsive budgeting during 2013 and has been continuously engaging with government to institutionalize the process in the state.  The engagement includes analysis of gender budget, expert consultation, research and capacity building etc,.

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Research

OBAC’s journey of over one decade has been focused on vigorous research to understand the budget priorities, implementation and budgetary gaps of policies/programmes/schemes pronounced by the State. OBAC analyses three key issues related to budget such as - appropriateness (are budget allocations in line with the government’s stated policy priorities?), responsiveness – (do they reflect citizens’ priorities?) and equity (are budget allocations fair and justified? do they mitigate or exacerbate social inequalities?  Are allocated funds adequate to meet stated goals?)
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Knowledge Building

OBAC’s research work come-out with series of publications such as; policy briefs, research reports, factsheets, case studies etc.   The evidences generated through research provoke discussion on actionable insights to shape strategic action by the state. Along with, the center also organizes capacity building programmes on policy and budget analysis. This helps key stakeholders to understand the state budget and engage with the government.

Public Engagement

Enhancing people’s participation in the governance process of the state is one of the core strategies of OBAC. The center facilitate reflective platforms for engagement with various stakeholders including Government, CSOs, Academia etc,. Pre-budget consolations, issue specific debates, campaign are some of the key interventions of the centre. Through these platforms policy & budget gaps and community level issues are communicated to the policymakers and CSOs for larger discourse and corrective actions.
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Resource Center

 

The centre maintains a huge repository of information on public finance and public policy of the state. These data base are largely used by Researcher scholars, academia, CSOs for higher research on public finance. The centers own two unique software to analyses the state budget data (Both revenue and expenditure). The center maintains a data base which has captured the public finance data since 1936, inception of odisha as a separate state.
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