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Economic & Social Rights Centre –
(Hakijamii) in collaboration with all partners is planning to bring together
over 500 residents of informal settlements from Nairobi and other counties to
launch the People’s Budget 2015/2016.
This is in accordance with Article 43 of
the Constitution 2010
which promotes the economic and social rights for all
citizens. All people have a right to the highest attainable standard of health,
access to proper housing, freedom from hunger, clean and safe water, education
and social security.  In addition to
that, Article 201 of the constitution calls for openness, accountability and
public participation in issues of public finances. The People’s Budget is one
of the best ways for all people to have their voices heard as it promotes
public participation in public finances.
The Peoples’ Budget was first launched in 2006 by Hakijamii in
collaboration with Nairobi People’s Settlements Network and Muungano wa
Wanavijiji. The main reason for launching the People’s budget has always been
to draw the government’s attention to the plight of the marginalized people
living in the peoples’ settlements (slums). Since then the organization has
been working on this important document with community partners countrywide. In
2015/2016 Hakijamii organized build-up meetings in 5 counties (Mombasa,
Machakos, Nairobi, Kisumu and Kakamega).
The link between the national budget
estimates and the People’s Budget comes where
People’s Budget is launched before the budget estimates are approved in the
national and county assemblies across the country. This is the period when the
budget estimates for the year are being scrutinized by the Budget and
Appropriation Committee in preparation for approval in the national assembly.
The content of the People’s Budget is also informed by public hearings and
preparation of memoranda to various counties across the country. The process
therefore gives the marginalized people a platform to have their voices heard.
Hence, there is a direct link between the people’s Budget and the national and
county budgets.
The peoples’ budget launch objectives are to:
Promote citizens involvement in the budget
making process by creating awareness on key components of the national and
county budgeting process.
Promote citizens interest in the budgeting
process through information and experience sharing by different partners and
Identify, document and submit issues
affecting the common man to the national assembly for debate and inclusion in
the national budget.

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Geoffrey Kerosi is a prolific Kenyan writer based in Nairobi City. He holds a Bachelors in Economics and Statistics and is currently pursuing Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from Kenyatta University. Email: Whatsapp: +254713 639 776 YouTube: Kerosi TV

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