Date: 04 July 2018 09:30 – 04 July 2018 10:50
Location: Olive Schreiner
Organiser: Zukiswa Kota (Phone 046 603 8583)
Event Type: Alumni


Vulekamali: Using Open Budget Data to Change Lives: Exploring an innovative partnership between government and civil society in South Africa

The Public Service Accountability Monitor at Rhodes University is proud to host the South African National Treasury and IMALI YETHU for a stimulating dialogue.

What is open data? How can it contribute to the social justice and accountability agenda? Why is it important to promote public participation in budget processes?

In addition to exploring open budget data and its applications; this panel will explore important social justice issues (education, health, sanitation) and the significance of opening public budgets. Panellists will explore an innovative partnership between the South African government and IMALI YETHU  – a coalition of civil society organisations – jointly striving to open public budgets in the promotion of transparency, participation and accountable governance. The partnership has resulted in the development of an online budget portal; vulekamali which was officially launched by the Minister of Finance in February 2018. Loosely translated, vulekamali means open!money.

ThePublic Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) forms part of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. The organisation’s vision is to ensure that the right to social accountability is universally realised.