Chapter 3: Content for civil society organizations, the media and parliaments

Module 1: The role of Civil Society  

Find tools and practical exercises for prospective UHC budget advocates to begin conceptualizing country-level UHC budget advocacy work. 

Section A: General introduction and overview of civil society budget advocacy work 

A1. What is advocacy? 

Activity: Identifying definitions and concepts of advocacy 

A2. What is budget advocacy? Who does it and why?  

Activity:  Ecosystem of civil society budget advocacy in your country

A3.  What is the potential impact of budget advocacy?

Tool: Case studies of civil society budget work around the world

 Activity: Budget advocacy work by CSOs and their impact

Section B: Budget advocacy related to health and UHC

 B1. What does health budget advocacy seek to accomplish and what has been its focus?

 Activity: Identifying civil society groups working to advance  UHC

B2.  Examples of CSO  budget advocacy for health and UHC

Tool: GFAN’s Research brief on effective civil society-led strategies for increasing domestic resources mobilization for AIDS, TB and malaria in low-income countries.

Activity:  Identifying a UHC budget advocacy problem or agenda in my country

Section C: The importance of strategic budget advocacy for UHC

 C1. When is civil society budget advocacy successful?

Activity: Identifying participant’s understanding of the impact of UHC budget related advocacy and what they think is necessary to achieve it

 C2. How to plan budget advocacy with an impact? 

Tool: Is budget advocacy right for your organization or issue? International Budget Partnership 

Tool + Activity: Slippery problems 

Tool: Eight ways to change service delivery



Module 2: the Role of the Media

How to use this module to develop a workshop

Each section contains explanations about different aspects of UHC budget advocacy, and accountability and the role of the media. This module can be used to develop activities and presentations. Each section also contains example activities to help participants explore the different issues, apply knowledge and build understanding.  

Section A: Introduction to media engagement with UHC budget advocacy work

A1: What is health budget advocacy and accountability?

Activity: Advocacy and accountability

Section B: What can the media do  in health budget accountability?

B1: What media can do?

B2: Ethical values

B3: Why should I work on health budget accountability for universal health coverage?

Activity: Media and health budget accountability

Section C: With whom do media need to engage on health accountability?

C1: Advantages and mutual benefits of collaboration and audiences to target

C2: Networks: who can I collaborate with and learn from?

C3: Strategic collaboration: when, what for and how can they bring about change?

C4: How  to build effective collaboration and mitigate possible risks?

Activity: Collaboration

Section D: When and where in health budget can media play a part?

D1: Where in the budget process can I have the most positive impact and why?

Activity: Role of the media in the budget process

Section E: Addressing UHC budget accountability in a way that engages the audience? 

E1: How can media support UHC budget accountability?

E2: Setting objectives for stories

E3: What platform, format and style should be used?

Activity: Engaging your audience

Activity: The final pitch

Section F: Limitations for media engagement

F1: Considerations on challenges and risks media are facing 

Activity: Limitations and Challenges

Glossary of Terms: Media 


Module 3: The role of parliaments 

Section A: Parliaments and their relevance for SDG accountability 

A1. Why should Parliaments engage with the SDGs and what is their k role?

A2. To what extent are parliaments engaging with SDGs? 

Tool: Questions for assessing parliamentary involvement with the SDGs

Activity: Application of the self-assessment tool on engagement with SDG 3 and UHC

Section B: Parliamentary oversight function and why it matters for UHC budget accountability 

B1. Parliaments and the public budget: a brief introduction

Activity: Checklist on the executive budget proposal

B2. Budget oversight role of parliaments and the association with UHC budget accountability

B3. Challenges and limits o parliaments and their members for effective oversight

Tool: Tips for MPs on budget oversight

Activity: Sharing experiences on our budget oversight role in relation to UHC 

Section C: Engaging citizens in effective participation in budget oversight for UHC 

C1 The role of parliaments in fostering effective participation in the budget process

Activity: Sharing experiences and thinking creatively on about engaging citizens and other constituencies in the health budget for SDG 3


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