The Government budget 2011 by type of function

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The Government budget is the financial plan of expenses and revenues expected to be achieved over a year. It is the clearest presentation of a Government’s spending priorities, as it gives the proportion of the funds allocated for each of the major institutions and any citizen can create an idea where the money collected from taxes and fees is spent.

Given the importance of public finances transparency, Open Data Albania has created a "Money Map" for the Government budget 2011, trying to ease its understanding.


Source: Ministry of Finance
Comments and analysis: ODA


The distribution in percentage of the Government budget 2011 by type of function is presented in the following graph:


Source: Ministry of Finance
Comments and analysis: ODA


Based on datasets provided by the Government Consolidated Budget, ODA has carried out the data processing, by dividing the spending in several key functions, such as social protection and social security, education, health, etc.

As it can be seen from the "map", in 2011, “social protection and social security” continues to absorb most of the Albanian citizens’ money. 105.7 billion ALL, equal to 25.84% of the total budget, have been allocated to it. Compared to 2010, this function has increased by 7%.

With a significant margin, in the second place, the “transport” function takes 48.8 billion ALL or 11.85% of budget. Compared to the year before, this function shows a very slight increase, with about 500 million ALL, but compared to 2009, the value has decreased by 36%, from 75.6 billion ALL to 48.8 billion.

The distribution of the Government budget spending on “transport” is presented in the following graph:


Source: Ministry of Finance
Comments and analysis: ODA

The third function, mainly financed by the Government budget is the "cost of debt". The amounts of interest paid on domestic debt or obtained from the external debt by the Albanian State, for 2011 are projected to reach the value of 47.8 billion ALL. This means that the Albanian citizens are paying more on interest than for the investment on the roads, education, health and so on. This function absorbs 11.7% of the total spending and it has been steadily increasing since 2007 by at least 5 billion ALL each year.

“Education” and “health” are in a constant situation, respectively about 10% and 8-9% of the budget, while the “defense” function accounts for 5.2%, deepening even further the gap with the “security and order” function. This means more money for national security and military than for police and internal order.

The distribution of the Government budget spending on “education” is presented in the following graph:


Source: Ministry of Finance
Comments and analysis: ODA


Despite being constantly presented as one of the main priorities of national development, the “agriculture” budget does not exceed 2% of the Government budget. An even worse situation corresponds to the “culture” function, which also includes “tourism”. Only 3.4 billion ALL or 0.83% of the budget goes to maintain the cultural heritage, the museums, forts being demolished or the archaeological parks of Albania. The budget for tourism development is included within this amount and it is equal to 0.06% of total budget.

The distribution of the Government budget 2011 according to the respective functions is presented in the following graph:


Source: Ministry of Finance
Comments and analysis: ODA




Excel datasets : XML, N3 datasets :
Contributer: M.Sc. Blerta Zilja
Translated by: M.Sc. Blerta Zilja
Edited by: ODA