Ahead of Minister Malusi Gigaba's budget speech on 21 February 2018, a broad collective of socio-economic rights organisations have developed an example of what South Africa's national budget could look like if it takes the needs and concerns of ordinary South Africans seriously. SERI contributed to this alternative, people-centred budget.

Minister Gigaba’s budget speech should allocate funds in such a way as to ensure that South Africa's chronic poverty and inequality are alleviated, and that effect is given to the rights of the most vulnerable. It is in this light that South African civil society has collaborated to draft an alternative "Human Rights Budget" for 2018, which sets out what a budget that takes the rights of ordinary people seriously would look like. The Human Rights Budget for 2018 draws on South Africa's existing trends in budgeting and makes strong recommendations about where funds should be allocated in order to give effect to the fundamental human rights enshrined in the South African Constitution. 

The civil society organisations that contributed to the human rights budget include SERI, Equal Education (EE), the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), Section 27, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), the Studies on Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) and Philippi Horticultural Area.