In the framework of the business program of the second day of the Moscow Financial Forum, the conference "Citizen's participation as development resource: Russian and international experience of proactive budgeting" was held with the participation of representatives of government, business, as well as international experts.
The plenary session "New horizons of initiative budgeting practices in Russia and in the world" was devoted to a review of the current state and prospects of initiative budgeting in Russia and other countries. Speakers discussed the peculiarities of different country approaches and presented their vision of the possibilities of using citizens' participation as a resource for development.
The conference participants noted that proactive budgeting in Russia is developing in an alternate different system than in foreign countries. In particular, there is a unique experience in our country related to state support for the development of projects involving citizens.
Minister of finance of Ulyanovsk Oblast Ekaterina Butskaya noted that a project to support state initiatives was launched on the initiative of the governor in the Ulyanovsk region of 2015. The Minister shared with the achievements of the project with the guests of the Forum: "We have implemented 258 projects for 4 years. We were able to cover the residents who became beneficiaries, this is almost 500 thousand people, that is more than 40% of the population of the Ulyanovsk region. "
The speakers discussed in the panel discussion "Models and instruments of interaction with citizens in proactive budgeting practices", which took place within the framework of the conference, how the increase in financial literacy among the population and the involvement of citizens in budgeting make it possible to form people's psychology of responsible taxpayers.
According to Sergey Romanov, Director of the Department of Budget Methodology and Public Sector Financial Reporting of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Finance was engaged in several projects in this field.
"There was a project of proactive budgeting, there was a project that promotes the formation of open data and an open budget accessible to citizens. Separately, we implemented the program with the World Bank - it's a budget literacy program," said Sergey Romanov.
He also added that to date the results in all three areas are quite high, including in the regions. However, the question remains how high-quality data of the open budget is claimed by citizens. Why are they freely available, but at the same time the resource has low attendance.
"We are developing these systems in different directions and understand that it is not enough to simply form an open budget. We need to make sure that those who turn to these technologies today know how to use them," Sergey Romanov said.