NDI, in cooperation with IPPM, organized a workshop during the 11th and 12th of December 2018 for the students who participate on the internship programme in the Albanian Parliament. This workshop was directed by Prof. Dr. Arben Malaj, the IPPM Honorary President. The major topic of this training was “Budgeting – Principles, Objectives and Main phases”.
On the first day of the workshop, students were recognized with the budget as an important instrument of economic policies and its objectives. Also, they learned about the stages in which the budgeting process goes through, the legal framework and the institutions which are eligible to prepare the budget as well.
Special attention was given by Prof. Dr. Malaj to various strategies in which the budget is based on, such as the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Integrated Development Strategies, Sectorial Strategies and the Public Finance Management Strategy.
Also, during the training students talked about the participatory budgeting, which consists on stakeholder’s participation. Moreover, the Citizen’s Budget 2017 was discussed by them. In the last part of the day they converse about the mid-term budget calendar and the annual budget.
The second day started with an interactive participation on the issues, which were discussed the day before. Then, the workshop continued with the separation of student in several groups to present the budget targets as follows: General Gender Budgeting, Health Sector Budget, Education Sector Budget, Environmental Protection Budget, part during which encouraged questions and discussions.
Subsequently, the relevant group presentations on the budget related to education, health, gender equality and environmental protection were carried out, and the students showed their preparation to be successful.
At the end of the workshop, the focus was on the conclusions, opinions and feedback of the participating students.
IPPM is available and open to support students on questions and discussions that require a concrete experience and any other convenience in their function.