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The Case for Children’s Budgeting in Botswana

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Using the rights argument, this paper argues the case for children’s budgeting in Botswana. It argues that traditional budgeting systems neither mention adults nor children, thus, it is assumed that the budget will equally cater for everyone. Apparently, this is not so because these different groups have different needs and, very importantly, the budget affects them very differently. Inarguably, access to economic resources is unequally shared between adults and children, with the latter often getting the rawest deal. Overall, the latter’s economic disenfranchisement manifests itself in child poverty, child labour and child prostitution. While Botswana has enacted children-friendly laws and ratified supranational conventions, children-friendliness is yet to find expression in resource allocation by way of Children Budgeting (CB). Arising from the foregoing, there is a need to institute budget reforms to provide for the enactment of a Budget Act, institutionalisation of CB and election of children into decision-making bodies.


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