Budgetary allocations of the agriculture sector which target the SDG 2, were enhanced significantly which will contribute towards reducing hunger while addressing issues of malnutrition and stunting in GB. Similarly, allocations for social sector targeting SDG 3, 4 and 6 regarding service-delivery in health, education, water and sanitation have been increased for better social service delivery. Similarly, for the first time, an institutional setup for women development is being established at both the regional and District level to improve women’s access to social and economic empowerment services at their doorsteps.
Overall, alignment of SDGs with budgetary process helps policy makers to review current trends in budgetary processes and is instrumental in order for line departments to develop informed plan of actions to achieve the relevant SDG targets. Further, it also provides evidence for re-alignment of interventions towards prioritized goals to address the gaps.
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Ayesha Babar, Communications Analyst UNDP