Budget Monitoring and Jeden Swiat reform Poland
"Teach the City"
A few weeks ago an expert meeting about the project 'Leer de stad' in Poland took place. This project is an experiment about budget monitoring and participation of citizen in two Polish cities. During 15 months a workgroup consisting of citizen analysed the budget from Kalisz and Konin. They translated the content of the budgets - written in professional language - in understandable language for every average habitant. The workgroup suggested to talk together in a new way about the city to learn more about urban affairs. The progress and results of the project are described in a publication of One World in the form of a mini-guide.
In this project residents from two associations joined their forces; Local initiatives Kalisz and AKCJA Konin. Among them are financiers and accounts, with different backgrounds but one common goal: strengthening citizen participation. The results of the experiment were presented in the town hall in Kalisz at 30th of September 2014. OneWorld and Local Initatives will propose 6 recommendations in consultation with management and residents:
- Annual consultation on the draft budget
- Special attention to the voice of young people
- Facilitate residents in making contact with the civil service
- Discuss local issues in a way that the citizen does matter.
- Visualize by using infographics
- Describe in plain language the municipal budget
The progress and results of the project are described in a publication of OneWorld in the form of a mini-guide.