UNIDIR Expert Network on security priorities and public spending brings together subject and country matter experts to explore opportunities to develop collaborative activities to:
- Advance knowledge and share best practices on the ways to increase budgetary transparency relating to security and strengthen effective parliamentary and civil society oversight of public resource allocation at the national level in relation to national security priorities, and
- To mainstream inclusive approaches to the development and implementation of national security strategies.
It serves as a safe platform to test and challenge research methodologies and findings from around the world, and to link them to practical solutions that could be implemented at the national level to strengthen national oversight capacities and promote better accountability.
The network is linked to UNIDIR’s ongoing research project on investigating the alignment between national security objectives and budgetary allocations, which is being implemented in cooperation with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).