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Participatory Social Audit: A Tool for Social Accountability

Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration:10 weeks | Registration open

Course Developers

Dr. Alok Pandey

Dr. Alok Pandey Senior Programme Manager, PRIA. He has more than 15 years of professional experience with Research Institution, University, government and various Civil Society Organizations. He has extensive experience in research, monitoring and valuation, budget analysis and democratic local governance in urban and rural contexts. He is a practitioner of decentralised participatory planning, participatory training, rural and urban finance, governance reforms and social accountability.

Dr. Rajesh Tandon

Dr. Rajesh Tandon, is President-Founder of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organisation providing support to grass roots initiatives in South Asia. Dr. Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He has served on numerous government task forces and committees both nationally and internationally. He is also the UNESCO Co-Chair for Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.

Mr. Binoy Acharya

Dr. Anshuman Karol, He is working with PRIA (Society for Participatory Research In Asia) based in New Delhi where he is responsible for providing support to different states in India on decentralized district planning through The Asia Foundation, UNDP, UNICEF sponsored programmes. Prior joining PRIA, he worked with CPRI, AERC and IIHS in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. He had more than 11 years of experience in development sector especially in research, programme evaluation, policy analysis, advocacy, capacity building and community mobilization in backward regions of India.

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In this modern day and age, the participation of the people is inevitable due to the intense drive for democracies that are inclusive of people from all sections of the population, particularly the poor and the marginalised. The course illustrates entry points in projects and programmes where social audit is most relevant and illustrates the challenges that are faced in its implementation. Through well documented case studies, the flexibility of this methodology, whether used by community members or external parties, is amplified.

Social audit has the impact of building a long-term positive environment in a community and helps to develop a sense of ownership amongst various stakeholders.

It is useful in providing an assessment of the impact of a financial organisation's objectives through the systematic and regular monitoring of its performance based on the views of its stakeholders. You will also obtain a detailed understanding of the possible challenges required for future practitioners of participatory social audit.


  • A one-of-a-kind innovative course, offered in a distance mode
  • Prepared by experts, based on practitioner experience, primarily in the Indian context
  • Detailed steps and clear examples of actual social audit in rural and urban settings, designed to develop practical competencies in social audit
  • International experiences and illustrations of approaches to social audit for comparative learning


  • Development professionals and practitioners in the field of Monitoring and Auditing
  • Elected Representatives – Gram, Block and Zila Panchayats
  • Officials in Municipal bodies
  • Professionals working with donor agencies
  • Students of rural development management


On completion of this course, the learner would understand:

  • The relevance and different types of social audit
  • Various steps involved in the social auditing of development programmes
  • Roles and responsibilities of elected members of local governments, both in rural and urban areas
  • Various challenges, which may come up during the Social Audit process
  • The intricacies of Social Audit as a Monitoring Tool


  • 4 modules
  • Self-assessment test after each module
  • 2 videos in the course
  • Each module will have:
    1. Powerpoint presentation highlighting the content of the module
    2. Additional readings


Module 1: Introduction to Social Audit

  • Social Audit and its Relevance
  • Audit and its types

Module 2: Steps of Social Audit

  • Social Accountability And Statutory Provisions
  • Steps Of Social Audit

Module 3: Social Audits and Local Governments

  • Roles And Responsibilities Of Elected Members Of Local Governments In Social Audit
  • Experiences of social audit and recent developments

Module 4: Emerging Issues in Social Audits

  • Social Audits And Their Impacts
  • Barriers and Challenges
  • The Way Forward

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