It happened to be a sunny morning in Kathmandu when all the participants from three countries — Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh greeted and exchanged possible doable ideas on inclusion of citizens into the budget making process ahead of the regional workshop.
     Similar feelings were also expressed at the start of the workshop by the World Bank Institute, Washington, ANSA-SAR, Bangladesh (A regional network on Social Accountability in South Asia) and PRAN, Nepal to find commonalities and entry points for effective participation of citizens into the public financial management cycle.

     The workshop was unique as it brought together representatives of different tiers of governments and civil society organisations on a common platform.

     Public financial management process is complex and tedious to understand requiring special skills to de-codify and de-mystify the whole process. It comprises of four stages of budget formulation, enactment, execution and monitoring.

     The formulation and planning stage is mostly performed by the executive class of the country and provided the legislature with estimates of the revenues and expenditures.   Read more ...

What You Say

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    Do you feel stringent laws to prevent corruption and rights (such as access to information) given to common people can lead towards policy paralyses?

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    Do you feel most of the people in India have no taste of good governance and hence it remains a marginal issue for elections in India?

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    Governments in South Asian countries are gradually becoming more afraid of the activities of Civil Society Organizations and thus taking steps to restrain CSOs. Do you feel there would be serious impact on the role played by CSOs in the overall governance and development?

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    Companies in India are evidently absent from a four-year-old United Nations-led global initiative against corruption. Do you agree that private companies are in tune with corruption?

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    In the current scenario, where information is attached with lot of strings, do you feel dissemination of information is crucial for enhancing accountability ?

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    Social networking sites are effective tool for lobbying and bringing pro-poor changes ?

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    Do you feel social accountability tools are cost effective way of enhancing effectivness of development efforts ?

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    Even though the common man suffers corruption at the very low levels of bureaucracy, it is the big players who indulge in high level corruption ?