Governance and Accountability

Decentralisation, Budget Analysis, Governance and Accountability are also focus areas of CBPS work. Workshops for enhancing facilitating inclusive participatory budgeting process and accountability have been conducted for urban local bodies and Gram Panchayats across various states. Understanding the determinants of own source revenues of Gram Panchayats as well as the criteria and processes for devolution of Plan funds through Centrally Sponsored Schemes have also been studied. National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and its impact on financial inclusion and productivity of land have been reviewed. CBPS was also entrusted with the responsibility to prepare the District Human Development Report for Bangalore Rural District. This was under a larger project of Government of Karnataka under which they have developed District Human Development Reports for all 30 districts in the State. CBPS also prepared a Status Report of Millennium Development Goals in Karnataka. Since 2014, CBPS has trained two interns in Budget Analysis. Two toolkits for capacity building in the sphere of Budget Analysis and Local Self Governance have also been developed. An orientation workshop on Budget Concepts, Process, Analysis and Advocacy was also conducted for civil society organisations. CBPS intends to continue organising such capacity building workshops in future.