SUNY/CID launched Budget Training Program in Tajikistan
In March, The State University of New York/Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) launched a series of trainings under the "Strengthening the Potential of Civil Societies" Component of the “Support to Public Financial Management” Program supported by the Department for International Development UK (DFID) and Open Society Institute Assistance-Foundations in Tajikistan. Participants will explore how, when and by whom budgets are created and implemented in Tajikistan. This knowledge, together with detailed implementation planning, will enable civil society organizations to develop or refine strategies and plans for engaging constructively with government on budget issues to increase the impact of their applied budget work. The training is based on approaches and materials from the International Budget Partnership (www.internationalbudget.org), which have been adapted to reflect the local context.
A trainer from Kazakhstan and a technical expert from Tajikistan will lead the participants through Part One, which covers the theory and practice of budget formulation, and Part Two, which explores the specific roles government agencies and legislatures in the budget process. During the week-long training, participants will review the Basics of the Budget Cycle, Budget Process, and Allocations, which includes how and when allocations are made, so that civil society can engage more effectively in the budget process; and explore the Roles of the Government and Legislature in Budget Development, Adoption and Oversight, which delivers a concrete, real-world perspective on the specific roles government agencies and legislatures at each governance level play in the budget process, so that advocacy and monitoring efforts can be more effectively directed. Part Three, Tracking Budgets and Expenditures, and Part Four, Methods for Presenting Findings, will be delivered later this spring.
The component aims to enable civil society representatives to collaborate with government more effectively to improve public services as well as to increase the transparency resource allocations in government budgets.
Posted April 18, 2017