Devolution

iBudgIT: Inclusive citizenry

Idea will utilize existing means of citizen engagement in a newly installed LG system in KP through formal and KIOSK consultations to prioritize local needs and inform on budgets, expenditures ensuring inclusive governance.

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Which sub-theme question will you be answering and how? Refer to manual for the sub-theme questions :

Weak citizen participation in planning and budgeting processes has badly affected the development outcomes. Executive prioritize what is perceived as more lucrative to gaining personal benefits. Infrastructure attracts more investment than education and health. Inclusive budgeting enabled by ICTs can help integrate citizen aspirations into planning and budgeting, will increase benefits manifold and improve trust over public services. Technology has proven to be a trigger to participation.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

OBI 2015 reveals declining budget transparency indicating weaker citizen participation, poor monitoring and institutional oversight. Owing to these, inefficient and unjust resource allocation at lower levels of administration severely affects service delivery outcomes. KP province has recently enacted an inclusive local government system leveraging space for citizen inclusion at all levels. So, this will pilot ICTs enabled participation in budgetary processes.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

Idea will facilitate extensive engagement of NC/VC and tehsile administration through formal and KIOSK consultations. Dashboard will provide critical information to the decision makers on key local priorities. Information to local villagers on project performance will also enhance government responsiveness and increase participation in local governance. All of NC/VC administration and registered villagers will receive information through SMS, by visiting KIOSK and e-dashboard.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

Gender equality and inclusion of marginalized groups will be ensured through integration of their considerations in all budgeting & planning aspects and phases. At VC/NC level, separate Kiosks will be established for men and women. They will also give access to budget and expenditure information and inform status of their priorities.

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