Training on Budgets Reporting

Description 

MFA is training journalists in Nyandarua,Taita Taveta and Narok Counties to understand and report on budgets and resource management in their counties. MFA aims to inspire discussions around budgets in the counties, and to empower journalists to be better watch-dogs over money use in their regions. “Wrong things happen because nobody asks questions,” Jason Lakin, a trainer told participants in Narok. “Armed with the right knowledge on who is supposed to do what, then you can ask the right questions,” Mburugu Gikunda, another trainer added.

The journalists have acknowledged that their awareness of issues around budgets and the budget processes has been very low, and that they tend to mostly cover topics they are most knowledgeable about. “We don’t go for stories, we always wait for leads.” a participant said in one of the trainings. “These are technical documents and we are not technical people.” Another partcipant added. These are the gaps that MFA is trying to address in the trainings that will continue until the end of this year, with the hope that it will help prevent corruption and lack of accountability in the counties, a problem that has plagued the national government for many years.

The latest training was conducted on 6 August 2014 in Nakuru County.

The trainings are being conducted together with the International Budget Partnerships (IBP) and are funded by The National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Public forums and trainings that bring together media practitioners, government representatives,civil society and the general public to discuss the role of the media in enhancing development.
Activity type 
Country