Reni K Jacob is currently the Director - Advocacy for World Vision India. He has more than 25 years of experience of working with the most vulnerable children across the country through World Vision India, and is an expert in the areas of Child Rights, Education, Disability and Gender and Development. He is an active member of national and international alliances and platforms promoting the causes of children, including India Alliance for Child Rights, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, Global Justice Net – Advocacy and Justice for Children for World Vision International. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A responsible system that cares and provides for children is the need of the hour. For a country with a whopping number of children -- over 40% of its total population -- India's budgetary priorities have never reflected enough their needs. The allocation of the total budget now stands at 3.26% for children, having never crossed 5% in the past. If the government truly needs to meet the expectations of its children, it would first need to solve this simple math problem.
"We have beautiful hearts and hopes and want to soar in the sky," said Nisha Das, a girl with disability from a Kolkata slum. It was July 2013, and she was talking at the 67th UN General Assembly's Thematic Debate on Reducing Inequality. Nisha was speaking on behalf of millions of India's children whose dreams had not been met by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Three years later, India needs to revise its priorities to align with the Sustainable Development Goals launched at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.