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Tripling the impact of Budget Transparency in Kachin State

In Myitkyina , Kachin State, Spectrum successfully organized Cartoon Show with the theme of Budget Transparency for improving people’s lives. This is the third time exhibition of Spectrum in term of promoting government and public interest in transparency in August 21 and 22, 2017.

Transparency becomes the most attracting topic to discuss in Myanmar during recent years. Twenty years ago hardly any organizations focused on budget transparency as a key to improving democratic accountability and improving outcomes for poor. Now, over 200 groups in at least 119 countries engage in such work, according to the International Budget Partnership, a global research and advocacy organization that collaborates with budget groups around the world.

And Spectrum works on our mission of strengthening transparency in every sector including Citizen Budget. We believe the influence of Budget Transparency on Good Governance. Moreover, we are very proud of our work on simplifying Budget Documents into citizen-friendly and easily -understandable documents.

At the opening ceremony of the event at Myitkyina City Hall, U Kyaw Soe Win, Budget Department’s Director gave speech. “Myanmar is strongly dependent on Natural Resource’s Revenue. And we cannot rely on limited natural resource in long- term. That is why; our country’s revenue should come mostly from taxation. That is natural in every developing country. This cartoon show reveals the importance of taxation, budget allocation and natural resource management in building our country.”

Daw Sein Sein from Myanmar Education College expressed her feeling, “I really appreciate artworks of these cartoons. They are really amazing and effective in one stroke to tell the people what are the current condition of budget transparency area in Myanmar”

Government official from Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement pointed out that people claimed the importance of more budget allocation on Education and Health, but they forget to demand more budget allocation in social welfare, relief and resettlement.

Head of kachin regional education department, U Aung Than Myint, said that “Cartoon exhibition is very relevant and suitable for both teachers and students because people can easily understand the meaning of what cartoonists want to share to audience. People are more interested in cartoons than reading boring texts of paragraphs.”

Estimated over 160 participants attended the two-day exhibition including multi- level of audience such as government official, INGOs, NGOs, local CSOs, University Tutors, School Teachers and Students. In addition,nearly 10 media groups including ethnic medias, state-owned medias and Independent media groups presented news coverages in their related broadcast, print and social media.



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