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Kyrgyzstan Review, 10 years ago

Indicator 1. Capacity of AO to perform effective budgets.

Budget literacy and resource management skills were identified as priority areas where the project has focused its activity. In order to build up the capacity of AOs, a number of specific trainings were provided to AO personnel and AK deputies. The assessment of this particular indicator, therefore, was focused on studying the perceptions of this particular category of the respondents (AK and AO staff) as well as potential users of the services which this category should provide (ordinary Citizens). The major finding is that AO staff and the AK can now do better budgeting and has been helped by the quality of trainings and information materials provided.
The FGDs had discovered that AO staff and AK deputies constantly use their skills, developed during trainings, to manage the local budgets.  
the last training we received was the transparency and accountability of the local budgets. After the seminars we met with the citizens and consulted on the financial procedures. We are trying to be more open and transparent Karimova Komila, cashier, Suzak AO (pilot)/Jalalabad.
We still feel a need for new legal skills and knowledge, since the legislative base is changing very rapidly and we fail to receive adequate information in time- Kosyakova Raya, Deputy in AK, Ivanovka AO (pilot)/Chui.
The leaders of 17 pilot AOs also mentioned, during interviews, that trainings were useful to their staff and the AK. Average participation rates in these trainings were recorded at 60-80% of AO and AK personnel. According to the interviews the following trainings were outlined as most effective and useful:
The leaders of AOs are usually too busy to participate in such trainings, but their proficiency in the trainings, name and number of the participants, as well as their frequency were somewhat impressive.
Analyses of the data received from report cards indicate that citizens scores are lower than those of AO staff and the AK. However, it can bee seen that 30 % of the pilot AO citizens, had scored 3 when rating the skills of the AO. This corresponds to the definition AO and AK have adequate knowledge in budgeting, but slight improvement is needed.
If we compare report card statistics on budget literacy from the pilot and non pilot AOs, it can be seen that average scores given by different respondent categories are generally higher in the pilots.
The respondents from Chui province have the same type of confidence, while their scores do not vary between pilot and non pilot AOs, as they do in Jalalabad. The analyses of the data nevertheless confirme that budget literacy of the pilot AOs is more advanced than the non pilots. It is also can be seen that citizens entered lower scores than the staff and AK of the AO did. One of the possible reasons could be that pilot AOs had not yet realized their capacities within the year of the project operation.
This information demonstrates the projects efficiency in delivering the specific budgetary trainings to the pilot AOs, its head, staff, and AK deputies. It is also important to mention that that budget knowledge of the AOs still needs to be develop. There were many views, especially from the employees of the AOs, that trainings need to be sustained because they would bring more opportunities to the AO leaders, staff and AK in demonstrating their capacity in a more practical nature. According to the suggestions made, such trainings are also in great demand among non pilot AOs and therefore should be continued and followed on by the relevant action planning exercises.