Social Audit, a term used as far back as in the 1950s, is a process to ensure transparency and accountability in the system of Governance to promote people’s participation. It is not a fault finding tool but a system to understand, measure and assess the implementation of the schemes and plans to improve the effectiveness of the local governance. It has been used as a process to empower people to question the systems, processes and authorities in order to assert their rights. This course will give an outline of the different approaches to social accountability and will also give relevance to the term ‘accountability from below’ in the present context.
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