EFCA started in July 2012 implementing an 18-month World Bank-funded project “Transparency and Accountability in Local Budgeting – Peer-Assisted Learning” project (TAB-PAL) ” to follow on previous work in the framework of IMTAK project. The TAB-PAL project overall goal is to promote a peer-to-peer (PTP) learning approach by providing opportunities for LSG and CSO representatives to discuss local budgeting issues, share relevant experiences, challenges and tested solutions. EFCA organized in 2012 11 peer-to-peer study tours involving over 100 local government and council representatives across the country. EFCA and its partner Institute for Public Analysis (IPA) has also developed a dedicated website (www.msu.kg) to address needs of local officials, and providing updated information and innovative approaches in local government.
We need to find a way to exchange experiences at the regional and country level on development of the municipality, particularly in finding additional revenue in the budget and providing quality services to the community.
Marat Chynkobaev, Chairman of water users' association, Issyk-Kul province