This course explores how parliaments can strengthen the transparency of public accounts and accountability in public financial management. It has been developed by the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development in partnership with the Pro PALOP-TL SAI project and draws on a workshop jointly organized by the International Budget Partnership (IBP) and the Pro PALOP-TL SAI project in Sao Tome and Principe in November 2015 on “Transparency and Accountability in Public Finances of Lusophone Countries”.
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Citizen participation in the budget process
The course explains the ways in which parliamentarians and citizens can participate in the budget process. It demonstrates how the executive can create opportunities for the parliament and citizens to become genuinely engaged in budget planning and implementation. The course outlines the tools parliamentarians and citizens can use to participate in the budget process and how the executive can invite their input at multiple points from allocation to implementation and evaluation.
Engaging the public in the budget process is key to developing an effective and accountable system of public financial management and, in turn, improving the efficiency and responsiveness of the government and guarding against corruption. Informing citizens of the trade-offs that decision makers are forced to make and allowing them to address them leads to a more fruitful dialogue with the executive. Better informed budget decisions help overcome public distrust and increase the legitimacy of governments. Most importantly citizen engagement can help ensure that governments are responsive to the needs, views and values of citizens.
What you need to know
What? This course explores how parliaments, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) can promote more inclusive, accountable and open budgets throughout all stages of the budget cycle.
Why? Giving parliaments and citizens meaningful opportunities to take part in budget processes allows governments to responsibly and openly shape budgets that reflect the most pressing priorities, and to better track the effective implementation of those budgets.
Who? This course is developed for parliaments, supreme audit institutions and civil society but is also a valuable resource for practitioners and students.
How? To help you work through the subject as effectively as possible, this course uses animations, video presentations and interactive review points. Further resources, including reading materials, knowledge platforms and online tools, are provided for those looking for more details.
At the end of the course, you may choose to take the test. The test consists of 15 multiple choice and true/false questions. To obtain your personalized certificate, you must answer correctly to minimum 80% of the questions. Don't worry if you don't pass on the first go; you can take the test multiple times.
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