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Investing in the Future & Drivers of Change Civil Society Award: Basic Needs Basket (BNB)

The Basic Needs Basket (BNB) is an innovative monthly survey of how much it costs a family of six to meet its basic food and non-food essentials, compared against an average family income.  Over the years, the independent survey produced through the involvement of ordinary people in districts throughout Zambia, has shaped how the national budget is interpreted.  The BNB has become a major tool for ordinary people to talk to policymakers about national priorities to overcome poverty. This instrument is now being used in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.   “This is a very innovate project with a very strong impact in the region and its partnership with other organisations is a good example of government working together… demonstrates that REAL people are making an input” the judges said.