Citizens' Budget/ Facilitating Budget Transparency
For UNICEF in South Sudan we are now in the third year of delivering Budget Transparency operations for the Government of the Republic of South Sudan budget, including “Citizens’ Budgets" (now at national and subnational levels), radio discussions, TV talk shows, and online accountability materials and tools.
CGA is in its third year of supporting South Sudan's Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP) pledge to improve budget transparency through increased transparency and accountability measures including: the creation of national and state-level citizens budgets; the revival of State Mentoring Teams (SMTs) and State Transfer Monitoring Committee (STMC); the development of a ‘Budget & Transfers’ website; and broader engagements and budget transparency sessions for stakeholders and the wider public including two radio shows, an academic forum and a panel discussion.
We drafted Citizens’ Budgets for the pre-budget proposal and the enacted budgets for fiscal year 2018/19. The consultancy built on this momentum and continued to support the national efforts in rolling out the 2019 national budget transparency agenda.
Since then, we have been working closely with the MoFP to create Citizens' Budgets for 2019/20, 2020/21, and 2021/22 (pending approval of budget by Parliament). Other activities have included the development of a transparency dashboard showing transfers to each State for different sectors and training on PFM at the Sub-National Level.
This work has contributed to MoFP's longer-term commitment to improve its budgeting transparency, expenditure and financial processes.
CGA guided South Sudan's Ministry of Finance to publish its first Citizen's Budget, resulting in a 2% Budget Transparency Score increase from 2017 to 2019, according to the International Budget Partnership.