Participating in HDI-LGA Budget Watch activities offers you opportunities to make your little but significant contributions to turn your community and Local Government around.
After two years of successful run on Local Government Budget and Accountability Watch, it has become needful to improve and sustain the existing capacity activities towards ensuring accountability and transparency at the local government level given the huge latent potentials at local government to deliver the dividends of democracy as the popularly acclaimed government closest to the people. One of the original key objectives of this initiative is to diminish the culture of silence and impunity that pervades the nation and fuels corruption and poverty by mobilizing and handling community groups, most affected by both vices of silence and perpetrators of impunity and fiscal corruption, the necessary education to participate in governance and demand for local government budget accountability and transparency for the development of their community.
The effort in the past two years on the Project has proven its worth, particularly with regard to increasing responsiveness in the pilot Local Government Areas, project states and beyond, especially in higher level participation by the communities in governance. Such increased participation is found in demand for accountability, higher-level interest in the budget and budget process and implementation, community project monitoring, strengthening media collaboration on governance issues, use of monthly newsletters for public sensitization, use of FOI Act and other legal frameworks etc. The project has done well by introducing openness and publicity to LGA administration through the publicity given local level budgetary allocations and monitoring its use. The project constituted a monitoring mechanism for how money is received and spent at LGA level.
The project is currently running in17 LGAs in 6 states drawn initially from six-geo political zones in the country but later amended due to high level security concerns and religious tension in some parts of the North. The 17 project locations are:
However, participation in LGA budget watch is not limited to project states/locations as there are other platforms you can use to mobilize yourselves in your community. You can follow us on twitter and other social media, log complaint on your LGA activities that require attention or simply send sms (only) to 08069518000.