Category Archive Municipality of Ariana

Ariana’s Participatory Budgeting Citizen Forums

In the context of the Participatory Budgeting process, the municipality of Ariana organized 4 citizen forums through which the citizens participated in proposing project ideas of basic infrastructure, voting for the priority projects of their neighborhoods, and electing citizens delegates whose mission is to monitor the implementation of the final list of projects.

The 4 citizen forums covered the whole municipal zone of Ariana, and had been organized between the 23th  of September and 1st of October 2017, respectively in the following places : Ariana ville, Ariana superieure, Al Manazah, Riadh EnnaserA communication campaign preceded the organization of the citizen forums to inform and invite the citizens to take part in the public meetings. Different kind of communication tools had been used during this campaign such as : Flyers, Posters, Banners, car loud-speaker service, radio broadcasts …

In this first year / edition of the Participatory Budgeting, 196 citizens participated to present their project ideas related to roads, and to select the priority projects. The result of the organizations of the 5 citizens forums was a list of 57 project ideas of  basic infrastructure. Besides,  the citizens elected 16 citizen delegates in order to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the final list of projects.

Citizen Participation Rate

The citizen forums were organized by the municipality of Ariana in collaboration with the local civil society organizations, which provided volunteer members to play the role of “local facilitators” of the Participatory Budgeting. These facilitators ensured, in partnership with the municipality : the implementation of the communication plan to inform and invite the citizen to participate in the citizen forums; the preparation and the organization of the citizen forums; and the support of the citizen delegates in their monitoring and evaluation mission.

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Training of the citizen delegates of Ariana

In order to ensure the success of the monitoring mission, the Associative Action organized, on the 7th of February 2018, a training session for the citizen delegates of the municipality of Ariana on the implementation process of the municipal projects. The technical services of the municipality as well as the local facilitators of the Participatory Budgeting attended this session.

The training presented all the administrative and on-the-ground steps related to the implementation of municipal projects. By the end of the training, every citizen delegate received a copy of a monitoring and evaluation guide of the municipal projects, edited by the Associative Action in collaboration with the technical services of the municipality.

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Participatory Budgeting local facilitators semniar – 2017

On the 20th & 21st of January 2017, the “Associative Action” organization organized a sharing experiences’ seminar for the local facilitators of the municipalities of Ariana, Monastir, Sidi Bouzid, Gremda, Béjà & Zaghouan, who contributed to the implementation of the the Participatory Diagnosis as well as the Participatory Budgeting process in their municipalities.

This seminar was a good opportunity for the local facilitators to exchange experiences with each other, assess the results achieved in each city, and work out a plan to ensure the sustainability of the process.

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Ariana’s citizen delegates forum

After the organization of the citizen forums of the Participatory Budgeting process, the municipality of Ariana organized, on the 21st of October 2017, the citizen delegates forum which gathered the 16 citizen elected delegates. The role of the delegates was to sort, by priority, the projects voted by the citizens based on the Participatory Budgeting principles, specifically the principles of equity and solidarity.

The technical service of the municipality attended the forum in order to provide necessary technical and administrative information to the citizen delegates. The financial services took also part in this forum to provide the preliminary estimated cost of each project voted by the citizens, and which is technically feasible. Besides, the local facilitators of the Participatory Budgeting participated in the logistical preparation of this forum, as well as, to provide support to the citizen delegates in their work.

Based on all these pieces of information, and according to the budget allocated to the projects of the Participatory Budgeting process from the municipality of Ariana (4.000.000 Tunisian Dinars for the roads and pavements, public lightening, embellishment of the city, management of rainwater, and local sports fields), the citizen delegates reached a consensus on a list of 36 projects over 50 to be implemented by the municipality.

Moreover, the citizen delegates created monitoring committees in order to supervise and evaluate the implementation of the decided projects, as mentioned in the following documents.

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