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13 Community Dialogue on local budget (EDIC)

What is the public issue for which the commitment is made to address?: Low accountability on budget management within municipalities; What is the commitment?: The challenge is to allow communities to get informed, and associated in budget development, presentation of account and budget implementation. Most municipalities face transparency issues in presentation of account, claims for community participation in budget process. Global Objective : Increase transparency in presentation of account to communities Expected outcomes :

  • Communities of the 20 municipalities are better informed about budget implementation ;
  • Local governance and trust among elected representatives and local communities are improved ;
  • Dialogue and Questioning points contribute towards pacifying social environment and consolidating peace.; How will such commitment contribute towards addressing the public issue?: The implementation of this commitment will consist in supporting 20 municipalities with high conflict rates and which experienced pre and post electoral violence to arrange areas for community dialogue and questioning. Such areas will serve as frameworks where citizens can have direct dialogue with their elected representatives on local budget management. This will contribute towards ensuring transparency and accountability between elected representatives and local communities. This commitment builds on the assumption that culture and the promotion of dialogue, accountability and budget transparency between elected representatives and local communities reduce protests and conflicts between the two parties. This dialogue will be made in consultation with elected representatives, communities, civil society organization and government decentralized technical services.; Why is such commitment relevant in terms of PGO Values?: The commitment is relevant in PGO values, as it contributes to increase transparency, citizen participation and public accountability. Since the commitment sets a direct dialogue between communities and elected representatives on local budget management, it contributes to transparency, improvement in access to public information, and even the right of citizens to have access to budget information. By allowing citizens to participate in a direct dialogue with elected representatives on the life of the municipality in general, and on budget management especially, the commitment creates and increases opportunities or capacities of citizens to get informed and give their opinion on State goods management. As such, it increases citizen participation. When local elected representatives account for their budget management to communities through a dialogue and questioning framework, it helps to improve public accountability. This is the very purpose of this commitment.; Additional information: Links with other programs of the Civil Society : Association monde rural (AMR) ; Diakonia ; Association les mains unies du sahel (AMUS) ; Water aide ; Association Noddenooto (A2N) Links with the National Development Plan Links with other relevant national Plans of Action, such as the National Corruption Control Strategy; Important activities with deliverable outcomes that can be easily checked: Organizing mobilization and awareness raising tours on said among populations of the 20 municipalities: February 2018 – March 2018, Activity cost (in CFA F): 60 000 000; Training town council members on dialogue and accountability techniques: February 2018 – February 2018, Activity cost (in CFA F): 40 000 000; Putting in place one or more organizing and monitoring committee(s) for dialogue/decisions: February 2018 – February 2018, Activity cost (in CFA F): 15 000 000; Arranging an area for dialogue with compulsory attendance of the Mayor: March 2018 – April 2018, Activity cost (in CFA F): 15 000 000; Monitoring actions /decisions by the committee: April 2018 – May 2018, Activity cost (in CFA F): 5 000 000.