Defending budgets

Fundamental rights initiatives may require spending on activities that require particular justification vis-à-vis budget managers and financial controllers. According to public officials, this is typically the case with three activities:

  1. Education and training
    Attention should be paid to explaining the importance of having funds available for fundamental rights training and engaging external experts to deliver training when compiling budgets, and in discussions with budget managers and financial controllers.
  2. Participation and civil society engagement
    Involvement of civil society organisations in the design and implementation of fundamental rights activities is essential. They are, however, unlikely to be able to fund their own participation. The budget should therefore earmark funds to support the participation of such stakeholders.
  3. Spin-off activities
    Spin-off activities can become relevant to the successful implementation of a project and require extra budget. This enables some of the activities to continue after a project cycle or to help to mainstream fundamental rights into other ongoing projects (e.g. through dedicated training). Getting funding for these activities is difficult but can make a big difference.