The Governance and Service Delivery Sectoral Committee is one of the 10 Committees of the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC). This Sectoral Committee was established as the Budget Committee in 2013 in response to recommendations at a CIMC Development Forum. People at the Forum recommended that CIMC should facilitate the dissemination of Government budget information to the public and citizens. The people realized the importance of having access to timely, accurate and reliable fiscal data and budget information to enable them to voice concerns and monitor sources and use of public resources.
The Sectoral Committee was renamed as the Governance and Service Delivery in 2016. The name change was done to enable the officers coordinating the Committee to accommodate additional activities, including Open Government Partnership (OGP) District Accountability Initiative and others as directed.
The purpose of the Committee is to provide opportunities for Government agencies, development partners, the business community and civil society organizations to dialogue on change and issues of service delivery and identify pathways for improvement. In particular, to support and compliment Government programs and initiatives and to engage citizens to meaningfully participate in contributing towards improved governance and service delivery outcomes.
The idea to set up a “Governance & Service Delivery Sectoral Committee” resulted from CIMC’s work in promoting the theme “Opening up the Budget Process” in its annual Development Forums from 2006 – 2008, and also participation in the International Open Budget Partnership Survey conducted annually. One of the key concerns raised in the Forums were that there was a significant information gap in the communities on the budget and service delivery processes, resulting in development of the Budget Advocacy Program. The aim of the Program is to bridge the information gap. The Program had its first district information workshop in Sohe, Oro Province and since then had 5 workshops in different districts around the country. The feedback has been very positive with many people appreciating the information that has empowered them to be active participants in decision making processes at various levels of Government.
These workshops and other advocacy activities were conducted without an advisory Committee. Therefore, creating this Committee is important for all key stakeholders to participate and contribute effectively to the promotion and advocacy of social accountability.
‘Social Accountability’ refers to a broad range of actions and mechanisms that citizens, communities, independent media, and civil society organisations can use to hold public officials and servants accountable. In particular, in the areas of encouraging participatory policy development and budgeting, public expenditure tracking, monitoring of public service delivery, investigative journalism, public commissions and citizen advisory.