PACJA through the Trocaire support project on promoting Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation in Drought-affected Communities in Kitui, Tharaka-Nithi and Embu will facilitate community and Natural Resource Management Groups (NRM) to participate in the 2019/2020 financial year to give their recommendations to the draft budget before being adopted in June. The meeting will be held In Embu County on the 25th and 26th April.
Although Kenya has put in place legal instruments and policy frameworks to foster public participation in the budgetary process at the county level, these have not been implemented fully by the county governments. The policy and legal instruments also provide broad policy statements with very little specifics with regards to how and when public participation is supposed to take place.
Resistance towards the politics of participation, inadequate transparency of the budget information, and lack of structured mechanism for participation are some of the challenges affecting public participation as stated by Economic and Social Rights Centre (2013). It Because of this, that majority of the citizen and especially the poor are still not effectively participating in making budget decisions and policies that are meant to address high levels of poverty and inequality that are seen in Kenya especially the county governments.
On 25th April PACJA will hold a capacity building and sensitization forum to make the community and NRM Groups understand the budgeting process, and take them through what to contribute in the public hearing forums.
On 26th April the county government of Embu will take the community through the budget estimates to ensure the community is informed of how much the national government has allocated the county, how it has been spread across the sectors/departments and understand the process and give their recommendations articulately.
The objectives of the meeting include;
- To influence developmental budgets in the departments of Agriculture, environment, water, livestock, agro-forestry and crops to have budgetary increase in these departments.
- Propose key initiatives and projects to address climate change effects to promote community resilience to climate change
- Develop a monitoring strategy to ensure the allocated funds/resources are used for the specific purposes to help the community adapt to climate change.