"Civil society must be involved in drawing up the budget to provide a sense of direction on how to meet the basic needs of people. The budget is the basis for the implementation of development programs, "said Amadou Kanoute, the president of a national Civil Society Organization called Citizen’s Network for Budget Transparency.
The organization is calling for effective and transparent budgets, and its creation reflects a growing willingness from citizens across the country to influence the debate on how budgets are drawn and used.
As part of a comprehensive programme designed to mobilize tax revenues and improve budget management in Africa, UNDP has been training a diverse range of partners on how to manage public finance.
The programme currently supports 17 countries in West and Central Africa and is expanding its portfolio to include a large number of civil society representatives, parliamentarians, universities and government departments involved in service delivery. Part of this effort will be conducted through online training.
The programme, managed by the Division for Development strategies and Public Finance, known in French as Le Pôle, aims to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is expected to be essential to the implementation of Africa’s post- 2015 the development agenda.
“The more the citizens get involved in public budget debates, the more they contribute to the quality of democracy and development,” said Laurence Jacquet, Head of the Pole Development strategies and Public finance of the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa.