Tuesday, November 11, 2014


In order to stimulate citizens’ interest to meaningfully participate in contributing to a national budget that seeks their own welfare, Financial Accountability and Transparency Africa (FAT Africa) and Penplusbytes is undertaking a roadshow to make national budget information readily accessible to citizens through the publication of Citizen Friendly Budget version presented in a language devoid of technical jargons and in a format that ordinary people can understand.

This roadshow taking place  on Wednesday, 12th November in Sunyani at Eusbett Hotel and  Thursday 13th November in Kumasi at Royal Lamerta Hotel forms part of “Producing a Citizens’ Budget for Ghana” with support from Star Ghana. This project seeks to simplify key aspects of the budget and will be disseminated as printed copies, online version http://myghanabudget.org/, SMS and Mobile App.

The Government Budget is a Program-Based Budget crafted along various programs to be executed by the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The essence of the Citizen’s Budget is to disaggregate the structure of the national budget onto the local platform where the citizenry see themselves as the final beneficiaries of these programs. ‘Producing a Citizens’ budget for Ghana’ project’s overall outcome is to ensure public participation, provoke debate and help shape public policy.

Focusing on an objective to disseminate the budget information to help demystify government budgeting and financial governance as a whole, the roadshow which will have, in attendance, members of the media, civil society and members of the general public, will also see the distribution of simplified national Budget booklet, online web platform and mobile app to citizens; empowering them to be involved in the monitoring and tracking of the status of budget implementation thereby holding Government accountable.

Jeremiah Sam, Projects Director at Penplusbytes, speaking at Sunyani during the roadshow said “Producing a Citizens’ Budget for Ghana” roadshow forms an essential part of broadening the opportunities of citizens to actively engage in national dialogue through active engagement throughout the life cycle of national budgets and it is our believe that this roadshow citizens participate objectively, more effectively and express their needs and priorities to influence decision making and resource allocation in Ghana.


Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to empower the media through the use of Information and Communications Technology to advance journalism in the coverage of governance and accountability, new media and innovations, and mining, oil and gas.

FAT-Africa is a Civil Society Organization and a Think Tank that advocates and promotes Good Financial Governance with the aim of creating an enabling climate to nurture a culture of efficient public sector and financial management principles in Africa.

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