Public Participation in the Budget (SYC0001)
Action Plan: Seychelles Action Plan 2019-2021
Action Plan Cycle: 2019
Lead Institution: Department of Finance, Civil Society Engagement Platform
Support Institution(s): Principal Secretary for Finance (as he is the PS for FPCD), Deputy Comptroller General, Director of Public Budget Management Section, Attorney General’s Office, and Registrar, CEPS, OGP, World Bank, IMF
Policy AreasCapacity Building, Fiscal Openness, Public Participation, Public Participation in Budget/Fiscal Policy
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
In Seychelles, there are about three hundred organisations which can be classified as Civil Society Organisations (CSO). Many of these active organisations are accredited members CEPS – the platform for civil society organizations in Seychelles. CEPS was created on the 8th November 2014 after the dissolution of LUNGOS, and it was subsequently added to the portfolio of the Office of the Vice President. CEPS acts as an interface with state and non-state actors nationally and internationally, provides training and capacity development for CSOs, and enables civil society representation on national boards.
However, there is still scope for increased civil society participation, especially in the budget process, and the policy and legislative review processe
In 2013, the Government started Programme and Performance Based Budgeting (PPBB). The PPBB approach is aimed at improving the Government’s ability to plan, prioritise, allocate, manage, control, and report on public funds and the achievement of governmental objectives. MoFTIEP engages mainly with the MDAs in the budgeting process; there is currently no formal mechanism for civil society engagement. To address this gap, a new framework for discussion between Government and civil society needs to be developed.
Civil society engagement with regards to the policy making and legislative processes also requires strengthening. It is therefore important to work on a framework for this engagement, which will include, amongst others, a review of the Multi Stakeholder Group Act under the EITI, vis a vis the Access to Information Act, and a review of the Registration of Association Act.
There will also be a need for training for civil society in relation to policy and legislation review.
What is the commitment?
The commitment entails the strengthening of engagement between Civil Society and Government MDAs in the budget process, as well as the legal and policy review processes, to ensure more active public participation in decision making.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
Civil Society, in all its forms, will be a key stakeholder for engagement throughout the budget process and the legal and policy review process.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment is relevant to the OGP values of transparency and public participation.
This commitment will not only involve the public through the civil engagement platform in the budget process, it will also improve the quality of key output documents to ensure these are understandable by a wider audience.
Since the commitment is relevant to civic participation, it will create and improve opportunities including capabilities for the public to inform or influence decisions.
The commitments in the NAP are in line with Seychelles’ Vision 2033 and the first National Development Strategy (NDS). Implementation of the Commitment will be monitored by the RBM Committee.
Public Participation in the Budget
SYC0001, 2019, Capacity Building
Implementation of the Access to Information Act
SYC0002, 2019, Access to Information
Implementation of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)
SYC0003, 2019, Anti-Corruption
SYC0004, 2019, E-Government