This document summarises conclusions drawn from the third module of an ELLA online Learning Alliance (LEA) on Citizen Oversight of Public Policies, during which participants and experts discussed how citizen participation mechanisms can strengthen the social contract, a crucial element in any democratic system. Several Latin American case studies were shared to demonstrate how mechanisms such as ICTs and Citizen Report Cards can facilitate citizen oversight of public institutions and policy. A second set of case studies was also shared, including experiences of participatory budgeting and multi-actor dialogue that have enabled citizens to become more involved in decision-making processes. These mechanisms have brought about improvements in government accountability, thereby helping to bridge the gap between the public administration and the social reality. By building greater transparency and citizen participation into public institutions and their policies, these mechanisms are also helping to enhance social justice.
ELLA. ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 3: Improving Government Accountability through Mechanisms for Citizen Participation. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2014) 12 pp.