Workshop on Social Audit for Young Belizean Leaders Concludes
A total of 34 youth leaders, women and men equally represented, between the ages of 18-29, from tertiary level student government bodies as well from civil society organizations participated in the Social Audit Workshop.
The workshop focused on the rights young people have to participate in auditing exercises of their government. The facilitators explained that it is a must to train youth on technical skills of social auditing and the ability to analyze and interpret public information. Social auditing gives people the skills to answer questions that citizens ask, and have the right to know about the government.
A social audit is an accountability mechanism where citizens organize and mobilize to evaluate or audit a government’s performance and policy decisions. It rests on the premise that when officials are watched and monitored, they feel greater pressure to respond to their constituents’ demands and have fewer incentives to abuse their power.
Objectives of the workshop were:
- Enhancement of youth civic engagement to support demands for greater social accountability;
- Promotion of the development of management, leadership and practical skills for social audit from different dimensions, such as political, social, technical and collective action, among youth leaders in Belize;
- Strengthening and enhancing of management, policy and technical skills, for the design, implementation, communication and evaluation of social audit processes; and
- The provision of analytical tools for application.
Facilitators for the workshop were Gerardo Berthin, Regional Policy Advisor in Local Governance and Decentralization, Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts, Consultant in Democratic Governance and Youth Participation Issues and Amram Lemoth, Youth Facilitator.
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