Journey for Advancement in Transparency, Representation and Accountability (JATRA)
Basic Project Information
CARE Bangladesh is promoting constructive collaboration between government and civil society to strengthen the Union Parishad’s public financial management systems to ensure that they are transparent and aligned with the decentralization process.
Methodology / Approach
Strengthen the Union Parishad (UP) public financial management systems to ensure they are transparent and aligned with the Local Government Act of 2009
- Support citizen engagement in budget allocation, expenditure monitoring, and service quality assessment
- Improve provision and access to information as stipulated by the Right to Information Act
- Generate learning to support development practitioners, government, and donors to effectively implement social accountability tools for transparent and accountable budget processes
CARE Bangladesh aims to strengthen Union Parishad’s (UP) – local government units– public financial management systems by strengthening networks of CSOs, media, and government agencies at local and national levels. This work will support the identification and scaling up of best practices on participatory and transparent budget processes to improve accountability mechanisms and enhance Bangladesh’s decentralization process. To reach this aim the project includes three components:
- Strengthening the capacity of citizens to engage in budget planning and implementation through the institutionalization of budget mechanisms that benefit local communities. This will include the development of community score cards (CSCs), the use of social audits to monitor public infrastructure, and the establishment of public expenditure tracking systems.
- Enhancing provision and access to information, according to the Right to Information Act, by supporting transparency in the operations of UP’s councils relying on local folk groups, building partnerships with media, utilizing UP’s citizen help lines, and publishing citizen’s charters.
- Generating knowledge sharing by facilitating "peer to peer" exchanges -between CSOs and UP’s agencies- for horizontal scale up, producing knowledge materials for a wider audience of stakeholders, and organizing lessons learned and advocacy workshops.
Use of Information Communication Technology
30,000 households across 15 unions in 2 districts