Category Archive Municipality of Gafsa

Formalization of the Participatory Budgeting process in the municipality of Gafsa

Following the first experience of the municipality of Gafsa in the implementation of the Participatory Budgeting  process, and for the  sustainability and continuity of this process, a meeting between members of the municipality of Gafsa and representatives of the association Associative Action took place in January 2016, during which, it was presented the guide of the Participatory Budgeting.

This guide was developed by the experts of the Action Associative.

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Gafsa’s citizen delegates forum

After the organization of the citizen forums of the Participatory Budgeting process, the municipality of Gafsa organized, on the 16th of Juin 2015, the citizen delegates forum which gathered the 15 citizen elected delegates. The role of the delegates was to sort, by priority, the 15 projects of roads 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 Gafsa (700.000 Tunisian Dinars for the roads), the citizen delegates reached a consensus on a list of 9 projects over 15 to be implemented by the municipality. Moreover, the citizen delegates created monitoring committees in order to supervise and evaluate the implementation of the 9 decided projects, as mentioned in the following documents.

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Citizen projects’ location visit in Gafsa

At the end of the Citizens’ Forum series, the municipality of Gafsa organized on the 15th of June 2015 a visit to the location of the projects voted by the citizens and approuved by the technical service of the municipality for their technical and administrative feasibility.

This visit was made in the presence of the 15 elected citizen  delegates, the local participatory budgeting facilitators and representatives of  Gafsa  municipality’s technical service.

This visit covered the sites of the 14 voted projects of roads and pavements.

 

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Gafsa’s Participatory Budgeting Citizen Forums

In the context of the Participatory Budgeting process, the municipality of la Marsa organized 5 citizen forums through which the citizens participated in proposing project ideas of roads and pavement, 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 5 citizen forums covered the whole municipal zone of Gafsa, and had been organized between the 23th OF May and 7th of June 2015, respectively in the following neighborhoods : Gafsa Center,  Chabeb City 1 et 2,  Nouhoudh City, Kawafel City, Zarouk, Nour City, Ben Younes City, Sourour City, Afran, Mouala and Ras ElKef. A 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, 582 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 47 project ideas of roads and pavement. Besides,  the citizens elected 20 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 Gafsa 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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