Begun jointly by the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and the Reform of the Administration, ONDE and UNICEF in 2020, the project to set up child-sensitive public finances in Morocco has just started. reach an important milestone, underlines in a press release the 3 parties concerned. This is how around thirty representatives of the ministerial departments directly concerned by this process completed their certification training in this area last week, deployed by Oxford Policy Management (OPM). This training enabled the national partners concerned to be equipped and made aware of this topic for more effective, efficient, and equitable budgets for children.
This collaboration constitutes a step forward towards the realization of the implementation of the National Pact for Children by 2030, designed by ONDE and recorded in front of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem by the various Departments concerned by the issue of Childhood during the 16th edition of the National Congress of the Rights of the Child in November 2019. It is particularly about the commitment relating to the establishment of a Budget Sensitive to the Child, in addition other innovative and structuring projects for Children in Morocco.
The integration of the childhood dimension into the budgets of the various ministerial departments sets up Morocco as a pioneer model in its regional and continental space. Indeed, the Kingdom is one of the first countries in the world to adopt child-sensitive budgeting.
The establishment of this collaboration between the Ministry of the Economy and Finance and the Reform of the Administration, ONDE and UNICEF, also constitutes a response to the observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the Nations. On public expenditure and the rights of the child, formulated during the examination of Morocco’s periodic reports in 2016. These comments emphasized the need to create specific mechanisms to ensure the traceability of documents. funds allocated in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular article 4. It was further recommended to follow a process based on the rights of the child when drawing up the state budget and to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the budgetary resources required in order to establish the budgets necessary for a progressive reduction of disparities in the indicators related to children while defining strategic budget lines p for disadvantaged or vulnerable children.