Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Its Our Money, Where's it Gone? Social Auditing in Kenya
In Kenya, members of parliament receive approximately one million dollars per year to spend on development projects in their constituencies through a scheme called the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). However, with no system to hold them accountable, MPs spend these funds as they like and the CDF is plagued with corruption. Drawing on the experience of social audits in India, a civil society organisation, MUHURI is helping local slum dwelling communities in Mombasa investigate how their local CDF is being used. In a fascinating documentary "Its Our Money, Where's it Gone?", the International Budget Parternship presents the story of MUHURI and the transformative power of social audits in helping local communities hold the government to account.