Accountability and Citizens Participation (ACP) Project

Fast Facts:
Project document and reports available upon request
Location: National
Duration: 2011 - 2015
Focus area: Democratic Governance
Contributions(USD): UNDP: 25000
DFID: 300,000
Partners: Main national counterparts for this project are National Assembly, Council of States and National Audit Chamber. Other important national partners are the, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Higher Council for Decentralization, Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Ministry of Welfare and Social Security, UN Women and other and key line ministries and civil societies.
Delivery(USD): 2012: 800,000
Contact person in UNDP: Mohamed Elsayed Ali, Programme Specialist


In order to capitalize on the moment created through the April 2010 elections UNDP developed a new programme as to continue to strengthen the capacities of key stakeholders, such as political parties, media and civil society and marginalized groups, including minorities and women, as effective instruments of democratic practice.

The project is focused on power relationships between the centre and the periphery and uses the budgetary process to highlight transparency and accountability issues. Engaging with the politics of the budgetary process is also intended to surface and mitigate a key driver of conflict in the East region and Darfur; by focusing on allocation of scarce public resources within and across regions. In so doing, the project goes to the core of a state building approach.

The project approach is informed by the current debate on the importance of political economy analysis in development cooperation which concerned with the interaction of political and economic processes in a society: the distribution of power and wealth between different groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time. The analysis is focused on the actual power and wealth relationships, which might differ from formal institutional arrangements. In addition, the analysis considers the influence of informal institutions and actors (such as tribal leaders) as well as rent and resource distribution is taken into consideration.

Snapshots of the project's major achievements
• Strong partnership has been built with the national counterparts and actors (National Assembly, Council of States and National Audit Chamber) of the project
• Training workshop on “The Role of Parliamentarians in the Budget Approval, Supervision and Control” for 200 parliamentarians (130-150 women participated).
• Technical training for ICT staff of the General Secretariat of the National Assembly
• Study tour to National Audit Office in the UK
• Training workshop on Information Technology Audit for National Audit Chamber
• Training workshop on Audit report writing
• Training workshop on “The Role of the Parliamentarians in the Conflict Zones” for Council of States
• Conducting the assessment of CSOs in five cities in White Nile, River Nile, Gazira, North Kordofan Khartoum and Gadaref states.

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