Accountability and Citizens’ Participation Project
About the Project
The isolation of Sudan’s periphery from its political centre is often cited as driving conflict, instability and marginalisation in Sudan. This is typified by how fairly – or unfairly - scarce resources are distributed through the budgetary process, and how transparently those processes take place. Working to make government work better is a key goal of UNDP in Sudan. For Sudan to develop as a state working justly in the interests of all its citizens, UNDP believes it is vital to deepen the understanding of how democratic governance systems best function amongst key sectors of society.
Since the elections of 2010, therefore, UNDP has been working closely with those groups who have a direct influence on or a direct interest in how budgetary processes are run best. This has involved political parties, the media and civil society groups, including women’s and minority groups. They have taken part in a broad programme of training and educational activities. These have focused on both on the budgetary process: how government funds are divided up; as well as an emphasis on the oversight of that process: checking that it is transparent and accountable.
Achievements to date
Over the course of this project UNDP has built a strong partnership with those institutions key to making it work: the National Assembly, Council of States and National Audit Chamber. It has run workshops on the role of parliamentarians in the budgetary process, and their role in conflict zones, as well as technical training for IT staff at the National Assembly on budgetary systems.
Auditing training and education has included workshops on relevant IT systems, audit report writing, and also a study tour of the National Audit office in the UK.