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E-guide on Engaging Citizens in the Audit Process

The e-guide on Participatory Audit ( is a live and practical document to guide and inform Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and the public at large about the challenges and benefits of engagement, as well as on how to engage. The guide is split into four interlinked thematic modules, throughout which readers will find valuable tools and strategies to promote public participation in the audit process. These key points are based on evidence from international experience and …

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Does collaboration with civil society strengthen accountability institutions? An exploration

Authors: Carolina Cornejo and Marcos Mendiburu Published by: the GPSA Date: May 2015 How citizens interact and collaborate with accountability institutions has been the subject of much careful review in recent years. This note highlights key points from the discussion. But first, perhaps we should clarify what we mean by “accountability institutions.” Accountability Institutions (AIs) include anti-corruption bodies, supreme audit institutions (SAIs), ombudsman institutions (OIs) and human rights commissions. This note will focus on OIs and SAIs which may differ …

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Supreme Audit Institutions and Stakeholder Engagement Practices – A Stocktaking Report

Published by: Effective Institutions Platform Date: September 2014 This report provides SAIs, policy makers and other public management practitioners with a clear and comprehensive synthesis and analysis of progress to date in the approaches SAIs use to engage with citizens and other external stakeholders. It aims to help understand SAI engagement, and to take a first step to identifying engagement approaches and instruments and in evaluating their results. The report is based on the analysis of a sample of 32 …

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Maximising the efficiency and impact of Supreme Audit Institutions through engagement with other stakeholders

Author: Quentin Reed Published by: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre Date: 2013 The effectiveness of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) is not determined solely by resources and capacity levels. A range of other factors is of equal importance, including the accessibility and communication of audit reports and findings and interaction with other stakeholders including NGOs and the media. In light of this, this paper provides recommendations to ensure optimal engagement with such stakeholders at all stages of the audit cycle – ranging …

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Citizen Participation in Latin America Innovations to Strengthen Governance

Latin American citizen participation initiatives, promoted both by governments and civil society, have sought to strengthen governance, enhance accountability and control, and improve social justice, ensuring that governments’ funds and policies address relevant social issues and benefit socially excluded groups. This Guide presents some of the key citizen participation initiatives in the region, lessons learned and the contextual factors enabling them.

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