Geographic Focus: India
Thematic focus areas supported by the solution:
- Democratic Governance - Access to Information and E-Governance.
- Increase Transparency and Accountability at Local Council Levels.
Development challenge and key achievements:
- The major governance challenge that the Government was facing was lack of social accountability and access to information; thus undermining the accountability of government ofﬁcials on their public spending, which also undermines the anticorruption efforts.
- It is imperative for any society to advance on socioeconomic and human resources; development would require people’s participation in aspects of development cycle, in which democratic governance is a nucleus in setting-up the premises for achieving development results and ensure value for money.
- Guidelines for Monitoring of National Budget Implementation at districts were prepared and training provided to CSOs/ofﬁcials.
The comparative advantage of the solution:
- Increasing collection of local revenues for the local councils in 24 districts of the twelve selected governorates.
- Increasing the role of journalists and CSOs in ﬁghting corruption in these selected districts. Based on the South-South cooperation between Yemeni CSOs and MKSS from India, 379 journalists and 600 members from local councils and CSOs were trained in public resources monitoring techniques. Trainees were exposed to Indian experiences including Indian national campaign for people’s rights to information. During the course of the CSO Transparency Project, some of the trained local councils started to implement and monitor budget at local level, which has resulted in conducting investigation of collection of revenues on utilities in some of local councils.
- The main partners being the local councils in 24 districts and CSO organizations and almost 379 journalists in these districts. The intervention has in later stage inﬂuence in the formulation of Right to Information Law, which has recently been approved by the Parliament. Fighting corruption is being part of the youth revolution agenda during the Arab Spring in Yemen in 2011.
Start by raising awareness of what you are planning to achieve and its scale of economy. Adaptation of others’ experience, translating it into the local context and applying bottom- up approach, as well as working with identiﬁed champions to ensure continuity of change process.
Recent Annual Budget (USD): 200,000
Total Budget (USD): 150,000
Focal Point and Contact:
UNDP San’aa, Yemen