What is the Local Budget Tool?
The Local Budget Tool displays disaggregated local budget information, down to the Parish level. You can search for your Parish and find information on facilities (schools, health-centres, infrastructure projects, for example) in your area. Importantly, you can also give feedback on how the services are being delivered and how funds are being spent, by commenting on individual facilities.
The information that the tool uses is taken from Budget Performance Reports, which the Local Governments produce every three months and provide to the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The full Budget Performance Reports can be found in the Budget Library on this site, under Local Government.
Only information from local governments which have reported is available.
What happens to my feedback?
When you make a comment on a facility, the site will display your feedback and it will be available for everyone to see. Your comment will also be automatically forwarded to anyone who has subscribed to receive alerts for the relevant area or sector.
The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development is working to ensure those responsible for service delivery at the local level (District Educations Officers, Chief Administrative Officers, for example) register to receive relevant updates. Local politicians (District and Sub-Country Chairs, local MPs, and District Resident Commissioners) are also encouraged to register. Local Governments are required to respond to any comments requiring actions.
Your feedback will also be used for budget monitoring by the Ministry of Finance’s Budget Monitoring Unit; as well as by sector ministries such as Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. It is also hoped that your feedback will inform Sub-Country ‘baraza’ discussions organised through the Office of Prime Minister (OPM) and the districts.
How can I follow up on my comment? What should I do if my Local Government has not reported?
To follow up on your comments and encourage your Local Government to report, you can inform:
- Your local civil servants – your Sub County Chief, Your Chief Administrative Officer; the responsible head of department from.
- Your elected leaders – your Local area Councillor; District Chairperson; Sub County Chairperson; and/or local Member of Parliament.
- Central Government appointed officials – your Resident District Commissioner; a representative of the Auditor General‘s Office; a Regional Representative of the Inspector General of Government.
- Media – you can also contact the media, by calling into one of the numerous local radio talk-shows that discuss service delivery issues; and/or write an opinion article in the newspaper.
- Civil society – local advocacy or civil society organization in your area.