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Social Control Mechanisms for Greater Transparency and Accountability

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Eduardo florestrejo icgfm_socialcontrolmechanisms_armenia.english

  1. 1. Social Control Mechanisms for Greater Transparency and Accountability Eduardo Flores-Trejo 24th Annual ICGFM International Conference Public Financial Management in the Era of "The New Normal“ (May 2010)
  2. 2. Objectives Present a citizen-driven initiative (Advocacy and Assistance Centers) 1 aimed at fostering transparency and accountability in partnership with the public sector. Outline its general results and impact to date in Armenia, specifically as related to 2 addressing procedural and system level inefficiencies leading to corruption.
  3. 3. Who is Responsible For Bringing Transparency to Public Finance? 1) Which public sector agencies? 2) Which role do other actors play in this process?
  4. 4. Advocacy and Assistance Centers (AACs) • Operated by Armenian NGOs, AACs serve as public complaint offices where victims of corruption receive free confidential legal assistance on a walk-in or call-in basis. • Each AAC is equipped with a team of experienced lawyers and support staff to address the public’s corruption-related concerns.
  5. 5. AACs Locations
  6. 6. AACs Key Functions • Free legal assistance and support • Public education and awareness • Anticorruption reforms
  7. 7. Results from the AACs Network  Citizens requesting legal support: 3,718  Corruption related cases: 863  Cases referred to Court: 133  Cases referred to prosecution: 87  Inefficiencies identified: 100
  8. 8. Transcending Impact • Beyond assisting individual victims of corruption, AACs are directly involved in addressing and correcting procedural or institutional inefficiencies leading to corruption.
  9. 9. Partnership with Government: Key Element of the AACs’ success • While maintaining their objectivity and independence, civil society organizations are successfully advancing policy reform objectives in collaboration with government authorities at all levels (central, regional and local) • Win-Win situation for all parties