This is a Policy Position pPper on what we want to see in the 2014/2015 budget.
Kenya’s performance on budget transparency has remained constant since 2010, even with the passing of the Public Finance Management Act 2012. According to the Open Budget Survey conducted by IBP in 2012, Kenya stands at a mere 49% in its openness, falling below other countries in the region, including Uganda.
Kenya’s score in the Survey further indicates that the government provides the public with only some information on the national government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. The government of Kenya should expand public engagement in budgeting and overall budget transparency by introducing a number of short-term and medium-term measures, some of which can be achieved at almost no cost. As a first step, Treasury should make the budget proposal, to be tabled in Parliament by April 30, more transparent by providing more detailed and relevant information.