Campaign: Devolution

Rural Road Community Monitoring Project (RR-CMP)

Idea tries to tackle issues of weak citizen monitoring in road construction by empowering community and strengthening accountability through training, information, feedback and dialogues while employing mobile and online portal technology

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Road construction is an attractive and money minting sector taken care by both MPAs/MNAs and district administration. The idea will implement community monitoring of completed and ongoing road construction in a Rs:150B KPRRP project while employing mobile and online portal technology. Community monitors duly trained on technical monitoring, RTI and social audit will monitor the selected constructed and ongoing roads in one of the districts of Southern Punjab.

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

KPRRP is a three year Rs: 150B road project of Punjab government with Rs: 52B allocation for FY2015-16. In Punjab, procurement of contractors is regulated by PPRA rules and monitoring is done through bureaucrats and elected officials with least citizen engagement. Completed and ongoing schemes are riddled by lack of transparency and corruption. Capacitated community on road monitoring, enhanced transparency and engagement can improve accountability of resource rich infrastructure sector.

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

RRCMP encourages local and provincial government official engagement through community forums, dissemination workshops, mobile phones and online portal. Government responsiveness will improve owing to information provision, taking stern actions against non-complying contractors & officials, and participate in community forums. Local elected officials will also be invited in community gatherings and make access to online portal for bringing community engagement into road governance

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

Women and youth will be trained in road monitoring, RTI and social audit. This is embedded that community monitors engage women in auditing of completed roads and train on use of RTI in seeking information on road contracts. Similarly, youth will be taken in role of community monitors as they are literate, educated and active lead the monitoring process.

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Campaign: 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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