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Government for Informed Citizens SabóIa


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“Government for Informed Citizens”
Ernesto Saboia, President, State of Accounts, Northern Brazil
Nandala Mafabi Nathan, Chairman, Public Accounts Committee, Parliament of Uganda
Tindamanyire Kabondo Gaudioso, Member of Parliament, Parliament of Uganda
Vivek Ramkumar, Manager, International Budget Partnership, Open Budget Initiative
In this session, participants will hear from different country specialists on what they are
doing to make government more transparent and to help citizens become more actively
involved in understanding the actions of government.

How do we keep citizens informed and restore their confidence?
How do we help citizens to understand the financial commitments, the
consequences and how they and their community will benefit overall?
What new media may be employed to promote citizen communications?

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Government for Informed Citizens SabóIa

  1. 1. Court of Accounts of the Municipalities of the State of Ceará - CAM CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT PROJECTS 2007 - 2009 Fortaleza, May 19, 2009 Councilman Ernesto Sabóia President of the Court of Accounts of the Municipalities of the State of Ceará
  3. 3. CEARÁ REGION: NORTHEAST AREA: 57,461.9 sq. mi. POPULATION: 8,217,085 (2006) Share of National GDP: 1.9% (2004) NO. OF MUNICIP. : 184 CAPITAL – FORTALEZA POPULATION: 2,416,920 (2006).
  4. 4. <ul><li>An agency of the state public system </li></ul><ul><li>Created in 1954. </li></ul><ul><li>A member of the External Control System, which is composed of the 34 Courts of Account in Brazil, including the Federal Court of Accounts </li></ul>CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT
  5. 5. <ul><li>RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE C.A.M.: </li></ul><ul><li>Assess management accounts, including those of city councils and others responsible for money, goods, and public assets of branches of the municipal government. </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out inspections and accounting, financial, budgetary, operational, and asset audits of legislative and executive units of municipal governments, and of other entities instituted and maintained by public (local) funds. . </li></ul>CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT
  6. 6. MISSION “ Contribute to excellence in public administration through direction and audit, for the purpose of promoting the development of the municipalities of Ceará” CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT
  7. 7. CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT <ul><li>Goal: Take on a Citizenship Pact between the CAM and civil society through: </li></ul><ul><li>User-friendly availability of information </li></ul><ul><li>Training of civil society </li></ul><ul><li>Agility, without losing quality of assessment or judgment of the accounts of municipal agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Encouragement of the development of a Citizens Network </li></ul><ul><li>A virtual space to receive suggestions, criticisms, and denunciations </li></ul><ul><li>Through a social network, civil society will play an auxiliary role in the oversight of public expenditures—social control of public accounts </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>PREPARATION </li></ul><ul><li>SOCIAL CONTROL </li></ul><ul><li>AUDITS </li></ul>CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT
  9. 9. <ul><li>PREPARATION </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustment of the management model of the CAM </li></ul><ul><li>President’s visit to the 184 municipalities </li></ul><ul><li>Training of public servants and citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Information and services on the website </li></ul>CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT
  10. 10. <ul><li>SOCIAL CONTROL </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a network of citizen-agents </li></ul><ul><li>Training of 30,000 people (goal) in partnership with the Demócrito Rocha Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Structuring of a social network (2,000 agents) </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency portal </li></ul><ul><li>2. Citizens’ Circle </li></ul><ul><li>3. The CAM and the academic community </li></ul>CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT
  11. 11. <ul><li>INSPECTIONS, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>All of Ceará state (184) in 9 months </li></ul><ul><li>Communication by local radio (in partnership with the Cearense Association of Television and Radio) </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone and e-mail for contact with society </li></ul><ul><li>Little contact with on-site inspectors (culture) </li></ul>CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT
  12. 12. <ul><li>PARTICIPATION OF SOCIETY (Results): </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with the President: 2008: 38.05 % more than in 2007; 2009 (projection): 94.76 % more than in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment in distance-learning courses: 30,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone calls made for inspection, 2009: 61 (first month) </li></ul><ul><li>E-mails answered by students in courses ( SPAM) </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of a community (ORKUT) </li></ul>CAM – CITIZEN COMMITMENT