Social audits: powerful community tools to ensure government accountability

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2015
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Verryn, S.Motala, E.Sekyere, S.Ngandu, K.Sausi
KEYWORDS: GOVERNANCE, GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY, PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD), Human and Social Development (HSD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-july-to-sept-2015/social-audits-powerful-community-tools
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Abstract

A core component of South Africa's constitution is the commitment to ensure public participation in governance, giving effect to a representative and participatory democratic state. But as the presidency's 15-year review in 2008 noted, there is an urgent need for strengthening innovative approaches to fostering participatory democracy. Annette Verryn et al report on a case study that illustrates the challenges for communities in ensuring government accountability and responsiveness.