A transparent budget system contributes to efficient and equitable use of public resources. Of course, transparency alone is not enough to achieve better accountability. There is evidence that accountability is promoted through a combination of transparency, strong oversight and participation. This workshop will examine the current state of budget transparency and the relationship between transparency and participation with a view to achieving greater accountability in African countries. How can Finance / Budget Ministries strengthen transparency and provide spaces for constructive dialogue and participation to enhance accountability?
The overall objective of the workshop is to establish the links between transparency, participation and accountability based on practical cases of regional/international experience and the benefits of transparency and participation for better delivery of resources and better results in the delivery of public services.