|Towards Greater Citizen Engagement and Transparency Through Open Budgeting in Jamaica||Towards Greater Citizen Engagement and Transparency Through Open Budgeting in Jamaica||Through the support of FRIDA the current project aims to assess the potential for the use of open data principles and international best practices in participatory budgeting to affect budget governance and life cycle processes in Jamaica. This towards greater civic engagement and government transparency. The study proposes to build on the emerging open data capabilities in the Caribbean while positioning the MSBM and UWI as key players in the growing discourse and practice on open data and open budgeting.|
This will be done through the:
• Benchmarking of the current budget governance process in Jamaica using select indicators from the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Initiative;
• Use of the Open Spending platform to publish budget and expenditure data in an open format through collaboration with the Ministry of Finance & Planning and the Ministry of Education;
• Implementation of a participatory budget pilot in August Town, the University of the West Indies or. The Constituency Development Fund or Education will be the functional domain for the pilot;
• Demonstration of the potential of open data for improved financial management, transparency and civic engagement in Jamaica.