1st Annual Linking and Learning Program on Budget Analysis and ESCR - March 2005, Portugal

The first ever Linking and Learning Programme on Budget Analysis and ESCR took place from 11-19 March 2005, in

Alcochete,Portugal, with the participation of 19 representatives of human rights organizations and budget analysis groups. The Programme generated a lot of interest, reflecting a shared view that by building a bridge between budget analysis work and human rights we create a powerful tool to promote social justice.


Aye Aye Win, Dignity International
Suad Elias Atala, ESCR-Net
Helena Hofbauer and Gabriel Lara, Fundar
Jim St. George, International Budget Project
Ann Blyberg, International Human Rights Internship Program

Linking and Learning Programme on Budget Analysis and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, March 2005, Portugal 

Participants analyzed the budget cycle and the composition of the budget, learnt to adjust figures for inflation and to measure changes in variables overtime, and did full human rights and budget analysis of hypothetical case studies, among many other things. Participants also worked on and discussed the concrete programs or projects in which they intend to use the skills learnt during the training, upon returning to their organizations. In addition to the formal agenda, almost every evening after the end of the programme, informal thematic evening sessions were organized.

The agenda for these ten days also included one afternoon off in which a visit to the beautiful city of Lisbon was scheduled as well as a cultural evening. The last night, to say goodbye, participants and organizers were invited to the house of Aye Aye Win, Executive Director of Dignity International, and had the opportunity to enjoy delicious home-made Burmese cooking, a lot of dancing and fun!

The training was mainly conducted by Ann Blyberg (International Human Rights Internship Program); Jim St. George (International Budget Project); Helena Hofbauer and Gabriel Lara (Fundar).

Please download the Summary of 2005 Training if you want more information. You can also access a report prepared by Kalpalata Dutta, participant to the training and a translation of this report in Spanish prepared by Raúl Lugo (Indignación, Yucatán México)

The 2005 programme was enriched by the strong participation of highly committed individuals, representing strong organizations working in the human rights or the budget analysis field: