With this annual project, EQUALITY for Peace and Democracy (EPD) built on its experience with the Afghans’ Coalition for Transparency and Accountability (ACTA) platform, conducting budget planning consultations with civil society. This project aimed to present a simple and coherent review of the budget so that people can understand the budget and what it means for their daily lives as well as review the quality of services via allocated resources. The budget review also provides further information for the Afghan Houses of Parliament to adequately review and approve the national budget while offering input for national budget planning from a civil society perspective. EPD evaluated the budget against some key indicators based on Open Budget Index, Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework and fiscal sustainability.
The project entailed several activities that revolved around assessing the 1393 national budget. First and foremost, an independent review of the 1393 national budget was conducted and an independent public expenditure review of 1392 final accounts which further complement the research. The final review includes a brief and coherent overview of the national budget and final accounts and formulate a set of recommendations for key stakeholders. After having finalized the report, the findings were presented to the Houses of Parliament, civil society and media.