DSE to promote Citizen Budget Guide 2020/21

Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Patteson Oti and Vice Chair DSE Board, Mrs. Alice Hou launched the Citizen Budget Guide.
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DEVELOPMENT Service Exchange (DSE) will go out to communities to promote the Citizen Budget Guide 2020/21.

The Guide is a tool that will help DSE and its Member Organizations to assist and enable communities fully participate in the national budget preparation process, advocate and monitor implementation.

Speaking at the launching of the Guide at Honiara Hotel on Monday night, Vice Chair of DSE Board, Alice Hou said the Guide will map the timeframe, actors and overall process of planning, drafting, adopting, executing and reporting/auditing on the national budget.

“From what we have experienced listening to stories and feedback from our members, it is challenging even understanding what is inside the budget.

“Having this simple guide helps us a lot to help our members and especially citizens to have a guide to understand the budget,” she said.

DSE is a member of Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organizations (PIANGO).

They are co-implementing the Public Finance Management (PFM) Small Grant Project.

The PFM Small Grant Project is part of the bigger programme ‘Strengthening Public Financial Management and Governance, supported by European Union and implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

UNDP is partnering with PIANGO in implementing a small grant project with the main focus on ‘Sustainable, Inclusive and Simple Public Finance for All’ in the Pacific.

The PFM Small Grant Project has been successfully implemented in Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Marshall Islands.

Mrs Hou said the partnership between PIANGO and UNDP PFM Unit is an opportunity for innovation and learning drawing on each other’s strengths in ensuring that necessary resource tools are developed to establish capacity and approaches that can be used as the baseline to track learning and practice impact when assessed at the end of each project phase.

She said PIANGO network does not possess the technical expertise on PFM, yet it benefits from an unparalleled network of National Liaison Units in each of the focus countries of PFM project such as DSE in Solomon Islands.