Increasingly, the budget is being seen as an effective tool to promote
human rights, though most governments around the world still designate
their budgets without specifically linking them to human rights
improvements. This brief describes how the first budgeting process with
a human rights approach was designed and implemented by the Government
of Mexico City (GMC) (Gobierno de la Ciudad de México), analysing the
process, initial outcomes and lessons learned, to help potentially
replicate the initiative in other contexts.
Budgeting with a human rights approach can increase the human rights
actions undertaken by governments by specifically linking spending
allocations with the realisation of human rights.
Incorporating a human rights approach into the budgeting process is
feasible, but it requires changes in institutional processes and
routines, while also enacting legal reforms to sustain the process
Civil society participation and the multi-stakeholder set up proved
crucial to implementing this innovative approach.
Oropeza, J. ELLA Policy Brief: Mexico City’s Innovation: Budgeting with a Human Rights Approach. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2011) 4 pp.