The rising costs of care, and
the effects of declining allocations, have significant implications
for equity. This has made involvement in decisions on resource
mobilization and allocation a critical area. Yet it is precisely
in these areas that public participation is weakest and where
systems of priority setting, allocation criteria and budget processes
are least transparent or understood. Nevertheless, there is some
evidence of civic input to promote community priorities, with
positive impacts on pro-poor allocations.
Such inputs have been made
in higher income communities, such as in Oregon,
USA, and also in poor communities, such as Brazil.
Civil society influences decisions
on resource allocation in various ways. Some of them are listed