Participation in National Budget (AF0028)
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
Afghanistan scored 15 out of 100 marks in the Open Budget Survey of 2017. This shows that the budgeting processes in Afghanistan are usually from top to down, views of citizens rarely considered in selecting development projects which shall be included in budget. Despite the fact that, MoF convened consultative meetings with public on budget preparation process for the year 2018. In 2019, MOF organized consultative meetings in eight provinces for the year 2020 budget still the public participation has not been substantial and broad. Squat public participation in budget preparation caused lack of public scrutiny in the implementation of development projects. Since public opinions neglected in the budgeting process therefore public accountability in terms of services is overlooked.
What is the commitment?
This commitment involves public in budget preparation and implementation through a specific mechanism. According to this commitment ministry of finance shall gather public opinions while preparing budget and scrutinize public proposed projects in accordance with government policy and national priorities and present them to budget hearing sessions.
How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?
People involvement can firstly mobilize resources which will resolve severe public problems. On the other hand, public will scrutinize resources utilization which will ensure effectiveness and transparency in consumption of resources. Civic participation in budgeting process will encourage citizens to monitor the implementation of development projects and make government be accountable to citizens for their activities and expenditures.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment ensures public participation in budgeting process, and also determines accountability and transparency to citizens.
This commitment is related to policy on budgeting and combatting corruption of MoF.
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