“Twataka Pesa Zetu” (We Want Our Money): A Public Budget Hearing in Kenya

This article profiles a public transparency and accountability forum that was organized in 2007 by Kenyan civil society organizations (CSOs). The forum discussed the use of monies by a Member of Parliament (MP) from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) on community development projects. The CDF is a controversial fund that has received much public attention in Kenya due to alleged misuse by MPs. Staff from the International Budget Partnership and India’s Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) assisted Kenyan CSOs in monitoring the use of the CDF using tools and techniques developed by the MKSS in India. Findings from the monitoring process were discussed at a public hearing attended by public officials responsible for the management of the CDF and local community members.

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Vivek Ramkumar

Senior Director of Policy

Vivek Ramkumar joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in 2005 and currently is Senior Director of Policy. In this capacity, he oversees IBP’s research and advocacy efforts to expand the adoption of transparent and accountable budget systems around the world. As Senior Director, Vivek stands-in for the Executive Director, as requested. Vivek previously worked with the MKSS – an organization that pioneered the Right to Information movement in India. He also worked with a Mumbai-based nongovernmental organization called SPARC, which is part of the Shack/Slum Dwellers International. Vivek is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an MA from the London School of Economics.

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