Effects of Makueni Budget Economic Forum on Public Participation, Kenya
Mukhongo, Jennifer Nafula
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The proposal is developed for the study on Effects of Budget Economic Forum on Public Participation in Makueni County government, Kenya. The introduction of the CBEF at county level through the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) 2012 was intended to enhance public participation. The essence of this study is to find out the contribution of County Budget Economic Forum (CBEF) in enhancing public participation at county level. The objectives of the study are: to determine the capacity of CBEF Members, their representation, coordination mechanism and contribution to the budget making process. Data shall be collected using questionnaires to gauge attitudes, values, and opinions of both the CBEF and Makueni county residents’ representatives in the budget making process. For the CBEF members, the questionnaires shall be emailed to them while for the public, the questionnaire shall be administered by the researcher. A census shall be conducted for all the CBEF members, while for Makueni residents, snowball sampling shall be used to identify the sampled respondents. The findings of this study shall be evaluated in light of three theories namely: elite/mass theory, stakeholder theory and incrementalism theory. The study shall be carried out in the confines of ethical standards for research which include attaining of research approval documents, and treating the data from the respondents with confidentiality. Data shall be coded, collated in different themes, and presented in tables, charts and bar graphs as appropriate.