Saturday, May 31, 2014

Awareness campaign in Balochistan

Saturday, May 31, 2014 

ISLAMABAD: Aimed at creating awareness among the local population of Balochistan regarding budgetary allocation, spending chart and responsibilities of various public departments, Individualland Pakistan (IL-Pakistan) has started a 19-month initiative. The initiative, titled “Public Participation for Good Governance and Accountability in Balochistan,” started in March with the intention of sensitising the citizens of 13 districts of Balochistan regarding their respective districts’ budget allocation in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, law and order and women development.

In order to achieve this goal, four three-member Social Audit Teams (SATs) per district will be given trainings that will analyse the allocated budgets of their respective districts. The teams will then be dispatched in the encompassed districts in order to identify any loopholes and discrepancies in the district budgets. The findings of the Social Audit Teams will then be shared with the local citizens and a “citizens’ budget” will be formulated using their inputs and feedbacks.

Currently, the Social Audit Teams (SATs) have successfully been sensitised about the allocated budgets of eleven 11 districts in Balochistan: Qilla Saifullah, Ziarat, Pishin, Qila Abdullah, Dera Murad Jamali, Jhal Magsi, Dera Bugti, Chaghi, Kharan, Mastung and Quetta. The sensitisation of SAT members in the remaining, two districts (Awaran and Gwadar), will take place in the near future. The initiative is scheduled to come to an end in September 2015.

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