This month, 10 of Policy Forum's members and staff will be attending a week-long field visit to Kenya to participate in a social audit exercise from the 12th to 19th of July 2008. Social Auditing is a method of monitoring accountability of public institutions through the verification of public service delivery projects and programmes and their implementation at the community, constituency or local authority level.
The exercise is being organised by MUHURI (Muslims for Human Rights). They use social audit to monitor accountability in the use of public devolved funds in Kenya, particularly of their Constituency Development Fund (Mfuko wa Maendeleo ya Jimbo) or CDF, particularly in and around the Mombasa area.
MPs in Tanzania have been lobbying for the CDF to be introduced in Tanzania for the last 2 years. The most recent bid for it was at the CSO Exhibition in parliament which took place last weekend. This will be an opportunity for the Policy Forum participants to learn from an organization that has been monitoring the CDF for several years now so that we can get a better understanding of how it works, the advantages and disadvantages, and lessons for Tanzania. This should help make our advocacy in this area more informed.
For more background information on MUHURI's CDF monitoring in Kenya, please ckick on the link below:
Click on the link below for Irenei Kiria's take on the CDF debate last year (2007)