From 30 to 31 July 2015, the BTAP (Budget Transparency Accountability Participation) Coalition’s workshop on activitiy planning, an activity of the project "Promoting transparency and the participation of citizens in state budget management" funded by EC took place in Hanoi. The workshop aimed at planning the activities of the Coalition in 2015-2016 with participants including representatives of the coalition’s member organizations: Oxfam, CDI, ACDC, CEPEW; representatives of the People’s Committee and Women's Union of Quang Tri province; and representatives of the People’s Committee and Farmers’ Association of Hoa Binh province.
In the first meeting, the Coalition’s members have discussed and made operational initiatives for the Union in 2015-2016. The members presented 10 activity initiatives for the Coalition in the years after the first meeting, among which 5 initiatives are evaluated with the highest priority points are:
widespread practice of budget publicity and transparency process (provincial OBI)
clear budgeting process and relevant criteria. Budget allocations having the participation of the people
Apply information technology to information access and budget monitoring
Develop and publish a citizen budget
Supervise the work efficiency of projects after investment
During the 2nd day of work, the Coalition launched a detailed implementation plan for the five priority action initiatives in 2015-2016. In particular, activities related to the budget allocation process, citizen budget and efficient budget monitoring after investment were planned to be implemented in Hoa Binh and Quang Tri. The activities related to provincial OBI (Open Budget Index) and information technology for the Coalition were also planned in details by member organizations. Finally, members of the Coalition together unified a coordination mechanism in the Coalition to achieve the highest efficiency in order to strengthen the Coaliation as well as expanding the it in the future.