Grab a seat and hold on, this is going to be an exciting ride. With international human rights standards as our roadmap, our destination is the future of Mozambique where all children’s rights are fulfilled. The journey will be long and bumpy, with unexpected diversions a certainty. The trip will also be expensive and staying the course may require tough choices along the way.
An ever present factor along our social policy journey is the debate over identifying fiscal space in the budget for social and economic development. But what is fiscal space? It depends who you ask, i.e. it means different things to different people in the development, financial and aid communities. Experts have defined it as space to spend a government’s budget without jeopardizing the stability of the economy. The same experts debate how certain resources in the budget can be labeled or calculated. And yes, yet another group of experts, including the UN, define it in relation to how government’s mobilize resources to combat poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).