Budgets are the pivotal part of governing. Leaders can take political decisions but implementations depend on money. Is it available, how much and what are priorities?
It is not only to reporters to understand the complicated process of budgets. Also the editors should have a good knowledge for making the right decision whether something is worth a story and how it should be tackled.
Focus on Africa (www.mediafocusonafrica.org) therefore organises three one-day workshops for editors from radio and TV in Kenya.
Jason Lakin, country director of International Budget Partnership (http://www.internationalbudget.org/budget-work-by-country/ibps-work-in-countries/kenya/) explained in the first workshop about the annual calender of the budget process.
I was there to suggest how the complicated budget affairs can be utilised in print and radio in an understandable way without too many numbers and jargon.
In the first session I focused on the taking stock of the hurdles the media faces in bringing stories related to the budget.