EIPR raises concern about budget allocations inadequate for minimal expenditures on education and health in Egypt

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights published a paper reporting their analysis of Egypt’s draft public budget for 2016-17.

According to their findings, the draft budget has failed to comply with the standards established in Egypt’s constitution to ensure a minimum level of expenditure on education, scientific research, and health. According to EIPR, only two thirds of needed resources had been earmarked by the government, whose representatives had not, to-date, offered an explanation of the discrepancy, nor a plan to adjust the budget to fulfil constitutionally required expenditure levels.

The paper, which was published in Arabic, targets mainly members of parliament and the wider public.

After comparing the current draft budget to expenditure levels required by the country’s constitution, the paper concludes with recommendations related to raising additional resources in order to ensure that funding for education and health reflects minimally acceptable standards.

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