Transparency International Kenya through the A4T project was represented by Samuel Komu(A4T) together with Irene Boke (Social and Economic Program) and Polycarp Otieno Policy, Legal and Institutional Framework program(PLIF) in a 4-day National Budget Analysis Café organized by International Budget Partnership (IBP), together with other national and county partners (76 civil societies operating in about 24 counties). The Café was aimed at analyzing the National Budget for 2020/21 as tabled by the National Treasury before April 30th to enable citizens to engage in what the government is proposing and engage with the National Assembly before it approves the budget.
These partners discussed, analyzed, and came up with a memorandum highlighting some of the suggestions and changes they were putting across for the National Assembly to consider. The final memorandum was submitted to the National Assembly Budget and Appropriation Committee and also to all the sector committees for review and consideration.
Even as the partners await feedback from the National Assembly, they intend to continue engaging as the budget is approved and implementation of the budget kicks off giving way for more need to be engaged in budget monitoring, including follow up and monitoring of the Supplementary Budget 2019/2020 and the budget expenditure in the different sectors like A4T focus sectors of education and Health. Going forward, partners will follow up on;
- Whether Parliament was responsive to our analysis and recommendations after their feedback and approval of the budget.
- Analyze the approved budget to enable partners to understand where Parliament’s interests lie thus help improve our understanding of how to engage with them going forward.
- Push for engagements/meetings with Parliament to share more on the budget analysis and how best citizens and civil societies can be of great input in the process including on priority areas and sectors and our thoughts on the same. Equally, have a clear way of engagement on the budget implementation
The A4T project intends to further analyze the budget according to its two focus sectors of education and health to support advocacy as well as its engagement with stakeholders in the two sectors.
The National government budget proposal for 2020/21 is available here https://www.treasury.go.ke/component/jdownloads/category/216-budget-books.html?Itemid=-1
There is also a guide on the Kenyan budget cycle https://www.internationalbudget.org/wp-content/uploads/ibp_kenya_budget_calendar_2015.pdf and How to read and analyze budget estimates https://www.internationalbudget.org/wp-content/uploads/kenya-how-to-read-and-use-budget-estimates-2016.pdf