LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL BUDGET TRACKING AND ANNUAL PEOPLES CONFERENCE
In a bid to develop an active Civil Society for improved gender responsive service delivery
With support from European Union in Sierra Leone, ActionAid Sierra Leone and Partners: Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities CCYA (CCYA) and Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) have launched the National People’s Conference and Budget Tracking at the Golden Tulip Kimbima Hotel from the 8-9th December 2020.
The theme was centered around the ‘Development of an active Civil Society for improved gender responsive service delivery’, having a special focus on the advancement of women and girls to attain sustainable development in Sierra Leone.
The Budget Tracking project was developed in a bid to to promote accountability and transparency within the public sector. To ensure the effectiveness of this project, authorities in various sectors of society were included in the design and implementation stages.
National People’s Conference of budget tracking is specifically focused on education, health, agriculture and social welfare, paying focus on legislative policies and structures that address the timeliness and disbursement of funds to implement projects at all levels.
The launch brought together community members, Local Authorities from the four districts ( Bo, Bombali, Kono and Western Area) and other actors from the national level such as representatives from the ministries which includes Health, Education, social welfare, gender and children’s affairs, Agriculture, finance and Rural waters.
Presentation was done in the presence of the media on findings from the budget tracking that will be geared towards advocacy and lobbying for positive change to practices that impede the participation of women and youth.
In the spirit of inclusiveness, the conference created the space for women, youth and people living with disabilities, local authorities, ministries departments and agencies to give their recommendations and commitments to processes of councils budget and expenditures.