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Social Expenditure Monitor for Arab States

Targeting public expenditure in line with social development priorities and macro-fiscal sustainability remains a challenge for most Governments in the Arab region. Budget allocations that support multiple and overlapping social programmes and policies are often mismatched or inadequate for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given the pressure on public budgets across Arab countries, such expenditure management is unsustainable.
The Social Expenditure Monitor provides a comprehensive monitoring of public social expenditure that could improve the efficiency of allocations and the effectiveness of budgeting. It will enable the rationalization of expenditure components and support the achievement of various objectives, including delivering quality public services, promoting inclusive development and stability, and enhancing economic growth and revenue over time. The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is therefore supporting member States in establishing a social expenditure monitor, viewed as an integrated framework for supporting macro-fiscal policies and the SDGs.