Know Your Budget is an initiative of Gambia Participates, a civil society organization in The Gambia, which promotes fiscal transparency and accountability using community and digital approaches. The initiative which is supported by the US Embassy Banjul and the International Republican Institute (IRI) is not only limited to community engagement but also government engagement in order to improve the budget process of The Gambia to be more participatory, transparent and accessible.
We mobilize citizens around the budget creating digital and offline platforms for easy access to budget information and direct communication between constituents and lawmakers. Our aim is to familiarize citizens with the national budget using modern-day technological tools.
What We Do
Know Your Budget uses a multifaceted approach in engaging Gambians and budget stakeholders, making sure that budget data is communicated as it should, and that there is inclusivity in the budget process for citizens. Some of these approaches include:
- Community engagements with national assembly members and their constituents to explain the national budget and budget process..
- Budget visualizations and social media campaigns to educate Gambians about the national budget and budget process.
- The use of digital platforms to communicate and keep up to date with budget news and information.
- Making budget documents accessible on the Know Your Budget website.
- Budget breakdowns showing ways in which certain spending can be used in areas of citizen interest.
- Assisting budget stakeholders in streamlining the budget process through consultations.
See visual representations and breakdowns of financial data to better understand government income and expenditures, and also data analysis in the form of infographics that compare and contrast financial data for presenting an alternative perspective to government spending.
Get access to different national budget documents integral to understanding the general fiscal outlook of the Gambia. From Monthly Expenditure Reports, Quarterly Expenditure Reports, Year-End Reports, to Audit Reports – get a full sense of where finances are coming from and going to.
Quotes and Testimonials
The budget on the streets is very important because I have never seen it before. It is closer to the people now; I urge the budget office to continue working with GP.
Modou Lamin BaldehClearing Agent
I must laud Gambia Participates and its partners for choosing to bring such an initiative to Jimara. For over 50 years, I have not witnessed a gathering of such kind in this constituency. I will therefore challenge our NAM to ensure organizing such engagements on a regular basis so as to keep us abreast with key happenings around the budget
Haruna DrammehResident, Jimara
I am challenging the National Assembly Member to task the government to consult us directly as per our priority areas during the budget process rather than seating in their offices to draw estimates that are not representative of our aspirations and desires.
Adama CamaraResident, Kiang
This whole activity was a wakeup call for me and this gave me the chance to be able to make my people understand that NAMs do not distribute budget instead the ministries. This is my area of responsibility but there are no adequate resources for it therefore I urge GP to facilitate this at least every six months.
Sainey JawaraNAM, :Lower Saloum
As a follow up to this activity, I leveraged my mandate as a woman councilor and engaged the men and women on the budget process and what we would want to see at the area council level. I encourage this activity to be a ward-by-ward activity.
Fatou TourayCouncilor, Kaur