Kef’s Participatory Budgeting Citizen Forums

Kef’s Participatory Budgeting Citizen Forums

In the context of the Participatory Budgeting process, the municipality of Kef organized 5 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 5 citizen forums covered the whole municipal zone of Kef, and had been organized between the 16th  and 31th of July 2016, respectively in the following places :  Sahbi Mosrati cultural center, Cité Edir youth center, Monji Slim High school, Souani Laaneb High school, Tayeb Mhiri Elementery school. A communication campaign preceded the organization of the citizenforums 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, 405 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 55 project ideas of  basic infrastructure. Besides,  the citizens elected 12 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 Kef 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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