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Background

The idea to set up a “Budget Sectoral Committee” resulted from CIMC’s work in promoting the theme “Opening up the Budget Process” in its annual development forums from 2006 – 2008, and also participation in the International Open Budget Partnership Survey conducted annually. One of the key concerns raised in the 3 year forums were that there was significant information gap in the communities on the budget and service delivery processes, resulting in developing the Budget Advocacy Program. The aim of the Program is to bridge the information gap. The Program had its first district information workshop in Sohe, Oro Province and since then it had completed 5 workshops in different districts throughout the country. The feedback is very positive in that many people appreciated this information for them to be active participants in the decision making processes at various levels of the government.

However, these workshops and other advocacy activities were conducted without an advisory committee. Therefore, creating this Committee is important in order for all key stakeholders to participate and contribute effectively to the promotion and advocacy of social accountability.
‘Social Accountability’ refers to a broad range of actions and mechanisms that citizens, communities, independent media, and civil society organisations can use to hold public officials and servants accountable. In particular, in the areas of encouraging participatory policy development and budgeting, public expenditure tracking, monitoring of public service delivery, investigative journalism, public commissions and citizen advisory
Purpose
The main goal of the Committee is to advocate for social accountability in the areas of participatory policy and budget formulation and implementation; budget analysis, expenditure/input tracking, participatory performance monitoring and evaluation by equipping communities, civil society organisations and citizens with relevant budget information that is understandable and accessible.
Specific Objectives
 
To act as a forum in which members share information (updates on implementation of key government plans, policies and budgets), recommend follow up actions on areas requiring attention, and to foster and support advocacy in the areas of Good Governance, Budget Transparency, and Accountability.

To support the ongoing district budget advocacy program and initiate complimentary activities that would enhance capacity of communities and civil society for them to promote social accountability at various levels, in collaboration with other partners working in this area as well as its members.

Scope

The CIMC Budget Sectoral Committee takes a national perspective. It is intended to facilitate on-going and sustained dialogue between members and relevant stakeholders on budget and related matters not only at the National level but Sub-National levels. The Committee will report through the CIMC Council and to the National Executive Council (NEC) through its Chairman, the Minister for National Planning. The outcomes will be available to the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs and National Economic Fiscal Commission, as well as the public.

Function

The committee to hold quarterly meetings annually, maintaining constant and sustained dialogue between members:
•    To act as an advisory body to the Government through the National Executive Council (NEC) on budget and Service Delivery mechanisms through Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs (PLLSMA) and National Economic Fiscal Commission (NEFC). l To share information, initiate, plan and coordinate Budget and Expenditure and advocacy initiatives in the areas of good governance, expenditure tracking or social auditing, empowering the communities through training/workshops at the District and local Government level.
•    To act as a rear vision for the government to reassess itself and to take stock of its performance in key priority areas (interventions) overtime from the stakeholder views gauged through the Committee so as to pave the best way forward in a more informed manner.
•    To work innovatively identifying gaps in service delivery, map out key players in the sector, and by harnessing a spirit of partnership narrowing the gaps by drawing the linkages.


Membership

Government

Department of Treasury
Department of Finance
Department of National Planning and Monitoring
Department of Implementation and Rural Development
Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs
Department of Health
Department of Education
Internal Revenue Commission
Department of Prime Minister and NEC
National Economic Fiscal Commission
Auditor General’s Office
Ombudsman Commission
Institute of Public Administration
National Training Council
National Research Institute
Bank of Papua New Guinea
Central Provincial Government

Private Sector

Institute of National Affairs
PNG Chamber of Commerce
Business Council of PNG
Price Waterhouse Coopers
PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum

Non Government Organisations (NGOs)

Trade Union Congress
Public Employees Association
PNG Council of Women
Transparency International of PNG (TIPNG)
PNG Education Advocacy Network
PNG Council of Churches
YWCA
CSO/Government Partnership

Donors

DFAT
UNDP
World Bank
SPSN
Care International PNG

The committee is chaired by the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Finance 

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