The University of Central Asia and partners successfully complete the World Bank’s “Budget Reporting for Journalists and Media Training” Project

Date: 21 August 2012
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The University of Central Asia and partners successfully complete the World Bank’s “Budget Reporting for Journalists and Media Training” Project

The University of Central Asia hosted the closing of the World Bank’s “Budget Reporting for Journalists and Media Training” Project on 25 July 2012. 55 newspaper editors from regional and national mass media and representatives of international organizations participated in the event.
During the 2011 training programme, more than 125 journalists improved their knowledge of the budget process and developed their analytical skills. In 2012, more than 85 journalists participated in the advanced training programme, which consisted of mentorship and “press sessions,” or mock press conferences. Overall, more than 210 journalists and students participated in the project.
The closing event features a presentation of various publications produced by the University of Central Asia as part of the project. In April 2012, the UCA published a Kyrgyz-Russian-English Glossary of Terms and Concepts in Public Finance & Budget Process. This unique publication provides definitions for more than 500 key terms and concepts in public finance and meets a critical need for Kyrgyz journalists to access standardized public finance and budgeting terminology for media use. A second edition of the Glossary was released in June 2012.


The World Bank’s “Budget Reporting for Journalists and Media Training” closing event.


In July 2012 the University of Central Asia also published a collection of articles “Coverage of budget topics in the media: practice in Kyrgyzstan.” This collection brings together select materials written by journalists as an outcome of their participation in the press sessions. The event also featured remarks Gregory Kisunko, Senior Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank, Nadezhda Dobretsova, Director, Development Policy Institute, and Roza Gaibulina, Director, Alliance for Budget Transparency.
The project was implemented by the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in a consortium including the Development Policy Institute, the Kyrgyz Stock Exchange Press Club, and the Alliance for Budget Transparency.
Administered by the World Bank and financed by the Global Partnership Facility, the project is part of the overarching Information Matters: Transparency and Accountability in the Kyrgyz Republic (IMTAK) initiative of the Kyrgyz Republic, which seeks to build the capacity of media to ensure transparency and heighten awareness of budget processes.