The statement “with or without” appears ambiguous, why because you can never be certain about your pick when applying it practically in instances where you have both as your choice. The Public Finance Management Act, 2012 mandates both the National and County Assemblies to deliberate on key budget documents and approve them with or without amendments. We must commend our assemblies and specifically the Budget and Appropriation Committees for deliberating on budgets and making amendments in instances where they feel would address a certain need. However, we ought to encourage when this is done it should be accompanied by clear reasons and justifications for the choices made. Our May brief speaks of Busia County as a case study and interrogates how the amendments made by the Budget and Appropriation Committee of Busia were taken into considerations. Read more on this below.
As part of improving participation in the budget process in Kwale County the Institute in partnership with Civil Society Organisations, Women groups and Persons Living with Disabilities interrogated the County Fiscal Strategy Paper 2018-2019. The deliberations saw the team make a written submission to the County Assembly with observations and recommendations on how to improve the presentation of the document in future. Read more on the same below.
The Institute in collaboration with Kwale Civil Society Network Forum held a meeting to interrogate the Kwale County Budget Review and Outlook Paper 2017. The deliberations saw the team make a submission to the County Treasury on the observations made from the document and as well propose recommendations on how to improve the document in future. Read more on the memorandum from the link below
Part of the responsibilities of counties is to produce a County Fiscal Strategy Paper during the formulation stage of the budget. This policy document is prepared as per Section 117 (1) of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012 which states that “The County Treasury shall prepare and submit to the County Executive Committee the County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) for approval and the County Treasury shall submit the approved Fiscal Strategy Paper to the county assembly, by the 28th February of each year.” The link below contains a brief citizens’ friendly CFSP for Nairobi County for the FY 2018-2019.
Section 104 (1) of the County Governments Act, 2012 obliges counties to develop a plan before budgeting it states that ” A county government shall plan for the county and no public funds shall be appropriated outside a planning framework developed by the county executive committee and approved by the county assembly. ” The link below contains the Nairobi Citizens County Annual Development Plan, 2018-2019 as produced by the Institute to aid in understanding of this planning document by citizens.
Counties are in the process of formulating their County Integrated Development Plans 2018/2022. Our budget brief gives a commentary on “What next on the County Integrated Development Plans?”
The budget cycle for FY 2018/2019 kicked off at the end of August beginning of September as envisioned in the Public Finance Management Act, 2012. Ideally, this would mean that counties have began the process of planning for the FY 2018/2019 as we also implement the budget for FY 2017/2018 being in its second quarter of implementation.
- Are counties open enough to engage the public in the process?
- If so, have we (the public) received the anticipated budget documents as expected so that we can engage?
- Are counties getting more open by publishing these budget documents online?
- How many ADPs 2018/2019 and CIDPs 2018-2022 are available to the public online?
Read more from our October 2017 Budget brief ” Are counties really planning for the FY 2018/2019? ” from the link