All districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: CNBA identifies loopholes in budget-making process

The Citizen Network for Budget Accountability (CNBA) points out loopholes in the budget making process in all 25 districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. CNBA is a network of civil society organisations, academia and NGOs working on the monitoring of Government Budget – Strengthening the participation of citizens, enforcing transparency and accountability, an initiative was taken by Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPD) in collaboration of National Endowment for Democracy (NED) under its project Strengthening Civil Society through Improved Accountability.

CPDI has basic objective to work for budget making process to make it participatory and need-based for public. It was said by Syed Kausar Abbas, Programme Manager Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) while talking to media on the occasion of launching ceremony of CNBA in Peshawar. Participants from 15 civil society organisations across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa participated in the launching ceremony of CNBA.

The member organisations include Awami Welfare Society, Sheen Ghar Association, Hayyat Welfare Organisation, Pak Women Organisation, Pro-growth, Centre for Governance and Public Accountability, Community Development Organisation, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Frontier Rural Support Organisation, PREPARED, College of Youth Activism and Development, Women Concern, Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas and Khwendo Kor Organisation. These organisations are enthusiastic to work for budget tracking and advocacy at district level in all the districts of KP. The purpose of this network is to enhance the capacity of civil society organisations to involve them in the budget making process at district levels. Kausar Abbas said CNBA members will conduct a survey on the budget making process in all the districts of KP to monitor the performance of budget officials according to Budget Rules 2003. After conducting a detailed survey in all districts of KP, CNBA will organise consultative sessions of Stakeholders with District officials to make the budget process participatory.
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