Holding Decision Makers to Account
States have a responsibility to the public to be accountable, transparent and deliver basic services. This means that deepening the accountability of decision makers, and holding Government and other duty bearers to account for how they spend budgets is key for democracy. Oxfam and local partners Scholar Institute and Spectrum are working in Ayeyarwaddy, Kachin, Kayah and Rakhine to support communities to understand and monitor Government budgets and demand greater community participation and accountability in decision making. These efforts create the spaces, including through public hearings and consultations, that give people a chance to talk directly to the Government about what their needs are. Public hearing forums held in Ayeyarwaddy have allowed the public to raise their concerns on Government decisions, and resulted in land which was confiscated being returned to communities, and maternity fees at local hospitals cancelled, for instance. In Mon State, Oxfam works with UN Development Programme to support Government and Ethnic Administrations, communities and civil society to ensure that local level plans and budgets better reflect the needs of communities.