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Public Participation in the National Budget: Lessons from Pilot Townhall Meetings in Afghanistan

State Function: Citizen Engagement
Insight & Analysis: Citizen Engagement
Location: Afghanistan
Publication Type: Development Practice Notes

Based on pilot townhalls in Afghanistan, this piece examines how citizens can participate in the formulation of the national budget. Initial findings identified citizens’ stronger-than-expected interest with the national budget, and how their engagement can be leveraged to improve government oversight, national accountability, and the inclusivity and performance of state services.