International Institute for Legislative Budget Staff Held in Nairobi, Kenya
SUNY/CID NEWS STORIES 2009
Five Parliaments recently sent staff delegations to Nairobi, Kenya to attend an international workshop on legislative budgeting and oversight. Legislative staff from Indonesia, East Timor, Liberia, Afghanistan and Kenya spent five days exploring the legislative role in budget making and expenditure oversight. The Institute was sponsored by USAID and the US Congressional House Democracy Partnership. It was organized by SUNY/CID in collaboration with its Kenya Parliamentary Support Project and the Kenya National Assembly.
The Institute aimed to enhance legislative strengthening efforts in partner countries by providing the legislative staff of these parliaments the opportunity to learn about comparative budget review and oversight processes. The Institute featured instructors from both the Kenyan and US Legislative services who presented the models, processes, practices, and procedures used to ensure effective legislative control of the purse.
The Institute was hosted by the Kenya National Assembly, which has recently created a budget committee and the parliamentary budget office. Kenyan staff and experts teamed with staff from the US Congressional Budget Office, Congressional Research Service and the House Appropriations and Budget Committees to share their experience with international counterparts.
US congressional staff offered a comprehensive look at the US budget process, budget oversight and control, and linking sector research and budget analysis. Kenyan MPs and the Budget Office Director led presentations the Kenya National Assembly's improved role in budgeting and control. Special sessions addressed ways in which policy think tanks, CSOs, and donor financed initiatives can enhance legislative oversight. Several hands on workshops were also conducted regarding, budget analysis, macro-economic forecasting, cost estimates, revenue forecasting, and public participation in oversight and control. The final workshop joined experts and legislative staff in forward planning to use the knowledge and skills gained to enhance oversight and control in their own institutions.