Open Government Partnership blog

2014, March

Open Government Partnetship

Have a look at the article of Marjan Delzenne and Kalina Michocka on the OGP blog. We tell the story of our cooperation with Centre for Budget Monitoring and present actions and activities we have done so far in LICZY SIĘ MIASTO.

Budget monitoring in Brazil and the Netherlands

2014, January


See how the methodology of budget monitoring developed by INESC in Brazil found its way to Amsterdam. In 2011 the first pilot was implemented by our partner organisation - Centre for Budget Monitoring and Citizen Participation.

Open Government Partnership London Summit

2013, October

Open Government Partnetship

Our colleague, Marianne Delzenne from CBM will take part in London Summit of Open Government Partnership. Have a look at the article of Marianne and Zeynep Gunduz, at the OGP blog.

Liczy się miasto – project partners

2013, October

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One World Association – SCI Poland (Jeden Świat)

One World Association is a non-governmental, non-profit voluntary organisation which carries the mission of promoting peace and mutual understanding by means of international and national voluntary programs and education. By “opening” one person for another we want to raise social awareness and by that create one world, without separating the better from the worse. The Association was established in 1992. From the very beginning “One World” Association acts as a part of the international organization Service Civil International (SCI).

Centre of Budgetmonitoring and Citizen Participation

The aim of the Centre of Budgetmonitoring and Citizen Participation is to promote budgetmonitoring with which civil initiatives and organizations gain insight and knowledge on public-policy making and government expenditure.

Centre of Budgetmonitoring and Citizen Participation implements budgetmonitoring as tool to enable citizen’s access to financial information, to promote social participation in public policy-making and to monitor the expenditure of determined budgets of various governmental organizations. It aims to strengthen civil society and to enhance social participation by informing citizens on their rights of partaking in public budgets. Using budget monitoring fosters dialogues between citizens and the government, allowing exchange and discussion on priorities and finding solutions for specific needs of citizens. Centre of Budgetmonitoring and Citizen Participation works in close collaboration with INESC (The Institute for Socioeconomic Studies), an expert in budget monitoring in Brazil. The Centre was established in 2011 and is located in Amsterdam.

Pilot projects in Kalisz and Konin

Both organisations are largely involved in creating and popularizing tools for social participation. Objectives of the project cover with the profile and areas of interest of both associations. AK and KIM, bring together local activists who know very well their environment and it’s specific conditions and have unique knowledge about social, economic and political situation of Konin and Kalisz. Based on methodology and experience from the Netherlands they will adapt budget monitoring method and implement pilot programs in Kalisz and Konin.

Kaliska Inicjatywa Miejska

Created in 2011, focuses on urban issues, cultural and educational activities concerning active citizenship. KIM gathers local activists from various backgrounds who want to take part in deciding about Kalisz’s development.

Akcja Konin

Akcja Konin was established in 2011 and focuses on strengthening active citizenship on local level by, among others, developing and publishing Citizens’ Strategy KONIN 2020 and coordinating local website concerning the database of the official activities taken up by local politicians: konin.mamprawowiedziec.pl.

Liczy się miasto – Budget monitoring as a method of active citizenship.

2013, September

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The project aims at strengthening civil society and enhancing social participation in public policy making on local level. This will be achieved by introducing participatory budget monitoring method for cities of Kalisz and Konin. Using methodology of Centre for Budget Monitoring and Citizen Participation form the Netherlands, a new tool for social participation will be created. Local associations – Kaliska Inicjatywa Miejska and Akcja Konin – will implement pilot programs of budget monitoring that will engage citizens, local leaders, public institutions and local governments of Kalisz and Konin. The result of the pilot programs as well as the methodology will be published and disseminated on free license throughout Poland (website, PDF materials, final publication).

Aims:

  1. To build a model for a participatory process of local budget monitoring in Poland, based on Dutch experience and methodology.
  2. To achieve active participation of local communities from Kalisz and Konin in budget monitoring on local level and create a dialogue between citizens and public institutions.
  3. To promote budget monitoring as a method to engage citizens in public policy making.

Target groups:

  1. Community leaders (Kalisz, Konin).
  2. Community members and NGOs (Kalisz, Konin).
  3. Public institutions (Kalisz, Konin).
  4. Community leaders and members, NGOs and public institutions from all over Poland.

Results:

1. Building a model for a participatory process of local budget monitoring in Poland, based on Dutch experience and methodology.

  • gaining knowledge and skills on budget monitoring method and methodology base on Dutch experience,
  • creating and implementing two pilot programs for budget monitoring,
  • introducing infographics of city budgets of Kalisz and Konin (free license),
  • developing a new participation tool based on budget monitoring (free license).

2. Achieving active participation of local communities from Kalisz and Konin in budget monitoring on local level and inspiring dialogue between citizens and public institutions.

  • gaining knowledge and experience on collecting budget data, budget analysing, engaging local community,
  • learning from good practise of Polish participatory methods,
  • enforcing dialogue between local authorities and citizens by taking part in pilot programs,
  • engaging local communities in the process of analysing city budgets, creating a perspective paper for local authorities,
  • recognising the needs of local communities.

3. Promoting budget monitoring as a method to engage citizens in public policy making.

  • internet website,
  • information materials on the methodology,
  • final publication on free license about the methodology,
  • final conference.