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Spectrum’s duo event in Kayin State

Under the titles of Social Accountability and Budget Transparency, Spectrum organized two events simultaneously at the same venue with same audience at Taw Win Yadanar Hotel, Hpa-an Township in Kayin State from July 27 to July 28, 2017.

This is the second -time workshop for deepening social accountability concepts amoung Members of Parliament (MPs), Government officials and Civil Society Organizations including local women groups such as Kayin Women Democracy Action Group and Kayin Women Empowerment Group.

During workshop, concepts of good governance, transparency, accountability and importance of public participation are explained in term of presentations and group discussion. Moreover, audience is very interested in how budget transparency lead to stronger human development outcomes and commitments to economic and social rights.

Budget transparency cartoon show containing thirty six cartoon works of Myanmar well- known cartoonists is displayed during workshop time. The cartoon arts are focused on Myanmar current situation highlighting citizen budget allocation, budget transparency, accountability, expenditure and natural resource management.

Estimated 50 people from government, CSOs, MPs attended social accountability workshop and budget transparency’s cartoon exhibition. One of the participants from Season Focus organization said, “We are very glad to learn and discuss new things on social accountability and budget transparency. And we come to realize good impact of using social accountability tools to make check and balance for government projects.”

On July 29 and 30, cartoon exhibition was conducted at Veranda Youth Community coffee. Hpa An local, U Naing Oo said, “This is a very well- organized cartoon show. And it is also effective way to let people know how citizen budget should be transparently used. It would be great to hold this kind of cartoon show in universities in future.”

Spectrum will organize  budget transparency cartoon exhibition next in Yangon and Myitkyina in August.

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