Europe Foundation Held Budget Literacy Training for Representatives of Civil Society Organizations and Media
To strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media in budget-related issues and foster their engagement in budget planning and public expenditure monitoring processes, Europe Foundation organized three-day training-seminars on budget literacy on November 17-19, and November 24-26.
Over the past few years, Europe Foundation has been focusing on budget transparency and civil society participation in public expenditure monitoring. The Foundation conducted series of trainings in public policy making, budget planning and public expenditure monitoring for civil society organizations and the media, however, further initiatives revealed that CSOs still lack sufficient knowledge and skills to participate in budget processes. To address this need, Europe Foundation initiated budget literacy trainings for local CSOs and media outlets so as to foster civil society engagement in the budgetary decision-making.
Three-day training was held in two rounds, on November 17-19 and November 24-26, in Tbilisi and Batumi respectively. Representatives of 34 CSOs and media outlets participated in the trainings which touched upon the following topics:
- Public policy making and budgetary decision-making mechanisms;
- Budget system, budget process/cycle and major principles of the budget;
- Budgetary policy-making mechanisms in the local self-governing units, major stages and procedures of the budget planning;
- Mechanisms of civic participation in the budget processes;
- Budget classification;
- Major challenges in relation to budget planning, implementation and expenditure monitoring, and recommended solutions;
- Programmatic budget – major principles, methodology and monitoring mechanisms.
The training-seminars were delivered by Besik Namchavadze, an independent consultant contracted by EPF.