By Reuben Olita
UNICEF will support the County Government of Busia to develop the five-year County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 3 that will run from 2023-2027.
The CIDP is a plan prepared by all counties to guide development over a five-year period. The Public Finance Management Act, 2012 provides that no public funds shall be appropriated outside a county’s planning framework.
The CIDP should contain information on development priorities that inform the annual budget process, particularly the preparation of annual development plans, the annual county fiscal strategy papers, and the annual budget estimates.
The move by UNICEF to support the development of the CIDP followed request by County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Economic Planning, Phaustine Barasa.
Ms Barasa who presided over the closing ceremony for the multi-sectoral forum by the UN joint Devolution Program at Hotel Breeze in Busia Town today said the department had factored in funds for the development of the third CIDP but it was removed at the County Assembly level.
” This has put us in a precarious position, with option of either coming up with a supplementary budget to factor in funds for the document or to seek UNICEF’S support to develop the CIDP, ” she said.
Through its representatives, UNICEF said the third CIDP will be evidence and results based, noting that there is need for coordinated approach for all sectors in developing plans.
The CECM revealed that the Budget Cycle for the Financial Year 2022/2023 has been brought forward to April 2022 with the assembly having already approved it. The assembly is also supposed to have dispensed with the County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) by February, 2022.
” Heads of various departments should revert to the circular on the budget cycle to ensure that they beat the set deadline, adding that the move to bring forward the budget cycle was because of next year’s general elections.
She thanked UNICEF for supporting the department in capacity building for budget making process and for including Busia among 15 counties to get the funding from Swedish, Finish, Norwegian and Italian governments.
The Director Vocational Training, Leonard Opollo highlighted key planning documents for the county as per the County Government Act, 2012 section 107and 109.
It was noted that all county departments do not have 10-year sector plans; this should be noted as we prepare to develop CIDP3.
Other key lessons include prioritization of resource allocation and absorption rate based on approval estimates rather than exchequer release.
County Assembly Health Committee chairman, Hon. Hillary Ojiambo said the committee passed two crucial health bills that are now Acts, promising to fast track the passage of their regulations.
Chief Officer Water and Irrigation said Vocational Training Centres are ideal sites for planned UNICEF nutritional program, adding that there is need for a multisectoral nutritional committee.
UNICEF also works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.