Advocacy Program on Social Accountability (SAc)
Social Accountability (SAc) has been introduced in the country since August 2013 by Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC), Department for Local Government (DLG) and Royal Institute of Management (RIM). SAc is tool that enables constructive citizenry engagement in development programs in policy prioritization, budget allocation, expenditure tracking and monitoring results.
So far the three agencies completed the training on Community Score Card (CSC) in Sarpang with 23 participants; Citizen Report Card (CRC) in Samtse with 19 participants; Budget Analysis and Advocacy (BAA) in Zhemgang with 29 participants; and Social Audit in Thimphu with 103 participants. Further, CSC was replicated in Punakha with 24 participants.Further, the ACC in collaboration with the DLG, RIM and Youth volunteers completed the gewog advocacy program with 4 easternDzongkhags (48 gewogs) engaging 6000 participants.
With the same mandate and objectives, Bhutan Transparency Initiative (BTI) has coordinated the gewog advocacy program on the concept of SAc alongside the training on CSC in ten gewogs of Paro Dzongkhag with the support from ACC. The program commenced from 14th February 2015 starting from Naja gewog to the final Tsento gewog with a total of 876 participants sensitized on the concept of SAc while 98 goshey nyensheys were trained for CSC during entire the program . The training started with the sensitization on SAc tools and three day training on CSC. The team comprised of officials from BTI, and officer as observer from ACC.
The primary objective of the program was to:
- Sensitize on the concept of SAc and its relevance, benefits and risks;
- Train goshey nyensheys and local government functionaries in the processes and steps involved in conducting a CSC methodology;
- And adapt CSC methodology in the project through action learning in the field visits.