Child Rights Public Budgeting

6-20 March 2019 (E041118) | Register for this course (opens in new window)
Instructor: Anna Schnell

Public budgeting for children’s rights is about making sure children are visible and taken into account in budget related documentation and throughout the budget process. Governments, civil society organisations and the United Nations are among those that have increased their focus on children’s rights in public budgets and budget processes during the past three decades. There have been advances in the way budget systems of governments are set up to take children into account, and the way budget decisions are monitored and followed-up in relation to child rights outcomes by governments and civil society.

This short e-learning course introduces participants to concepts, principles, standards and practical examples of child rights public budgeting and monitoring. The course will address basics of child rights public budgeting and monitoring; the importance of budget transparency; obligations of governments; and possibilities for participation of civil society, including children.

Participants will be presented with research and case studies, and engage in practical exercises to inspire thinking around how they can advance child rights public budgeting in different contexts.

Course structure

This course involved three 90-minute webinars, reading materials, and a final assignment, and is offered over a three-week period. The webinars take place on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 from 14h00-15h30 UTC/GMT; Wednesday, 13 March 2019 from 14h00-15h30 UTC/GMT; and Wednesday, 20 March 2019 from 14h00-15h30 UTC/GMT (check your time zone off-set). The webinars will also be recorded. Students who successfully complete the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Course outline

Week 1: Basics of child rights public budgeting and monitoring – international examples of what it is, who does it and what they do?
Week 2: Transparency and participation in the budget process – why, when and how it is important in relation to child rights public budgeting, including international examples.
Week 3: The General Comment no.19 on public budgeting for the realization of children’s rights of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child – its background, content and practical application

About the instructor: Anna Schnell

Anna SchnellAnna Schnell holds a Master in Economics and is a child rights specialist with particular expertise in the human rights approach to public budgets. Her work includes assisting both civil society organisations and governments to promote the realisation of human rights through strengthened accountability and transparency in public policy, budget allocations, monitoring and tracking. Anna recently finalized a highly participatory two-year assignment for the Committee on the Rights of the Child that led to the above mentioned General Comment on public budgeting for the realization of children’s rights. She also recently finalised an assignment for Unicef and the International Budget Partnership related to children in Africa and public budget transparency, participation and oversight. She is currently working as a researcher on the Open Budget Survey 2017, and has among other written the brief Public Financial Management for the Rights of Children and Young People for the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).


Tuition fee: € 105 (€ 125 after 21 December 2018). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer (additional fee applies). Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

How to register

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