BudgiT Liberia organized a two-day intensive training on budget monitoring and public project tracking (Tracka) training for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to ensure service delivery in Bong, Grand Bassa, and Margibi counties. The event hosted 25 in-person participants from the CSOs, CBOs, Youth and Women Group, and the physically challenged community to build their capacities on the budgeting process of Liberia and to hold public officials accountable for public funds in their various communities.
Tracka is a tool developed by BudgIT’s head office in Nigeria, and it has tracked over 10 different public projects in Montserrado, Bong, Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties and ensured the implementation of those projects in the counties. Introducing a social accountability tool like Tracka to Liberia will increase citizen participation in governance and economic development.
At the start of the training, BudgiT Liberia Country Lead, Abraham Varney, said the training would enhance community dwellers’ knowledge on tracking public funds allocated in the national budget for communities and other projects. “We have set up a budget monitoring committee to track ongoing and abandoned projects in their communities; this tool will raise the bar of transparency and accountability in Liberia.”