Zero-based budgeting

Zero-based budgeting is a budgeting approach that involves the review/evaluation of on-going programs and projects implemented by different departments/agencies in order to: (a) establish the continued relevance of programs/projects given the current developments/directions; (b) assess whether the program objectives/outcomes are being achieved; (c) ascertain alternative or more efficient or effective ways of achieving the objectives; and (d) guide decision makers on whether or not the resources for the program/project should continue at the present level or be increased, reduced or discontinued. (see NBC Circular No. 539, March 21, 2012)