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Very First Training Focusing on Village Track Administrators (VTAs) for Social Accountability Concept

On 28th March 2018, Spectrum organized a day-workshop on the theme of “Deepening Social Accountability in Kayin State with special focus on village track administrators (VTAs) at Taw Win Yadanar hotel, Hpa-An Township.

The workshop covered the area of concepts of Good Citizenship, Good Governance, Budget Transparency, Citizen’s Budget, Social Accountability and Constructive Engagement Approach.  16 VTAs and 19 representatives of CSOs from Hpa-An, Hlaing Bwe, Kyar Inn Seik Gyi and Kauk Ka Reik actively participated in the training.

U Min Tin Win, Mon Ethnic Minister and Dr Tin Win, Kyaw, Social Welfare Minister of Kayin State attended the opening section of the workshop. In his opening speech, U Min Tin Win, Mon Ethnic Minister said, “In the past, we had a few little knowledges on budget and the community know nothing about it. The current government is elected so that we are trying to promote budget transparency as much as we can. People’s interest on budget transparency and citizen budget is getting higher and higher in these days.”

On behalf of state government, he said they always support this kind of training and really hoped that the participants will get some knowledge on budget transparency, citizen’s budget and social accountability approach.

Naw May Khin Thet, Social Accountability Project Coordinator gave presentation on the topic of citizenship, good citizenship, rights of the citizens and laws for the citizens. Then Mai Julia Dawt Len Iang, Project Officer of Spectrum, discussed about governance, government, good governance and the criteria of good governance.

Zam Deih Khual, Program Officer of Spectrum explained about the budget transparency, open budget survey and citizen’s budget. Participants raised a lot of questions on Budget showing their interest on union budget, state and region budget and how the government and budget department is working for budget transparency.  

U Sein Win, one of the participants expressed his view on training, “My understanding on accountability changed when we deeply discussed on that topic.  From this workshop, I knew what social accountability is and what we should do for our community.”

 “Deepening Social Accountability in Myanmar” is a four-year project, being implemented in 14 townships across Kachin State, Kayin State, Rakhine State and Ayeyarwady Region. The specific objective of the project is to improve social accountability (SA) practice in Myanmar through constructive engagement between CSOs and government for transparent and people centered policies, programmes, and budgets, primarily in public services and public financial management sectors. The project is implemented by Oxfam, Scholar Institute and Specturm SDKN.

 

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