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Webinar: Citizen Engagement with Supreme Audit Institutions

Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan, Chairperson of the Commission on Audit (COA), Republic of the Philippines
Aránzazu Guillán Montero, Program Advisor, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center

Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) are critical in promoting transparency and effectiveness, improving integrity, and holding governments accountable. SAIs effectiveness depends not only on their independence and powers, but on their linkages with other state and non-state actors. This realization has prompted SAIs around the world to adopt different strategies and approaches for engaging with citizens.

Following up on the panel during the OGP Summit in London on Oct. 31, 2013, this session will highlight the value of citizen engagement with SAIs and its contribution to addressing OGP grand challenges. Drawing on experiences from several regions and with specific insights from the OGP action plans, the session will provide an overview of approaches and instruments for citizen engagement in the audit process.

This session will also present the experience of the Philippines in designing and implementing citizen participatory audits. This experience illustrates how to enhance external scrutiny, through citizen engagement in the audit process. The Citizens Participatory Audit (CPA) is a unique project wherein citizens comprised of CSOs, students, private sector and academic groups conduct joint audit of selected government projects with the Commission of Audit (COA). This has resulted in the implementation of three participatory audits to assess the effectiveness of conditional cash transfers (CCTs), a solid waste management program, and a flood control project.


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