About Us

Odisha Budget and Accountability Centre, OBAC, as a constituent of CYSD, has been working on budget research and advocacy, since 2003. Works of the center include budget research, budget literacy, and evidence-based advocacy for pro-poor budgeting and policy practice. The center also promotes accountability tools like Community Score Card, Citizen Report Card, Social Audit, Expenditure Tracking, and community-led monitoring for enhancing the effectiveness of public services.

It encourages people’s active participation in decentralized planning and budgeting process in Odisha. The center has been holding pre-Budget consultation since 2007 on a sustained basis.


Research

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?)
Research Centre

Research Centre

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.


Public Engagement

Public Engagement

Enhancing people’s participation in the governance process of the state is one of the core strategies of OBAC. Read more
Community Monitoring

Community Monitoring

In order to strengthen the community voice, demand and participation in local governance processes, the center promotes social accountability tools. Read more
Knowledge Building

Knowledge Building

OBAC’s research work come-out with a series of publications such as; policy briefs, research reports, factsheets, case studies etc. Read more
Gender  Budgeting

Gender
Budgeting

In Odisha , the Gender budgeting concept emerged during 2004-05 by introducing women component plan. Read more