`Protiva’ Lokokendro ensured separate budgetary allocation for women and children from in the budget of Bamunia Union Council of Nilphamari district.
Protiva lokokendro consists of 6 reflect circles of Bamunia Union which were established a few years ago in the working area of Udayankur Seba Sangstha (USS). Through the reflection-action process, the circle members had a realization that the Union Council does not have enough accountability and transparency in budget allocation and implementation process. The groups sought capacity building on budgetary process of Union Council from USS. USS capacitated Lokokendro members with technical assistance from ActionAid Bangladesh.
After the training Lokokendro members came to know that Ward Shobha (a
pre-budget open meeting forum at community level as per local government act) is a formal space to place their demand. Two focus areas like women skill development and furniture for primary school were identified in circle meetings. These members participated in Ward Shobha and placed their demand formally.
USS assisted Union Council to compile the charter of demands from different Ward Shobha sessions. Lokokendro members observed that the members of Union Council were more interested to allocate in infrastructure like bridge and culvert rather than invest in human development.
Lokokendro members mobilised the community people to demand Union Council prioritises the allocation according to the needs of local people. They continuously lobbied with Union Council from Ward Shobha to Open Budget session and finally, Union Council allocated 640 thousand taka for school furniture and 120 thousand taka for tailoring training for women in the 2016-2017 budget. Lokokendro and social audit team had arranged a few follow up meetings with union council to monitor the implementation of the budget.