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Centre for Social Audit

Centre's Mandate

Social Audit is an emerging concept that has become popular and relevant in the context of Good Governance. Social audit through its systematic process allows the civil society to identify the gap between the desired and actual impact of a project/programme/service implemented. It also allows people to enforce accountability and transparency in government service delivery. Since social audit is an emerging concept in good governance, its concepts, approaches, strategies and adaptable methodologies need to be propagated and percolated. Thus, there emerged a need for a Centre for Social Audit to provide a clear set of guidelines to carry out and sustain the process of Social Audit. Social audits have the potential to make delivery of public programmes more effective. While the process is evolving, the social audits of the MGNREGA have shown what is possible. Social audit – a transparent, participatory and active evaluation process – has the potential to encounter the corruption that plagues anti-poverty programmes. Social audit as one of the tools of social accountability mechanisms is now mandatory in few development programmes.

This Centre has a broad inter-disciplinary perspective towards social accountability mechanisms, which cut across the different development programmes and policies, run by different Ministries. Hence the mandate of the Centre is to focus on social audit in particular and social accountability mechanisms in general. Besides research and training, it focuses on documentation, publication and specially working in the field by networking with various social audit units/ NGOs/CSOs/activist groups in facilitating the conduct of pilot audits, test audits and audits.

Objectives

  • Organising capacity building activities like ToTs/Trainings/ workshops/seminars/sensitisation programmes/ exposure visits/ international trainings.
  • Taking up research, action research and consultancy studies on the practice, strategies, effectiveness and impact of social audit and social accountability mechanisms.
  • Documentation of best practices in the area of conduct of social audit.
  • Developing films on social audit and social accountability practices.
  • Taking up pilot social audits and test audits to handhold the resource persons of Social Audit Units.
  • To liaison with different Ministries/Institutions for professional support in the area of conduct of social audits and institutionalising social audits in the respective schemes.
  • Taking up certification course in social audit in distance mode.
  • Providing a platform for the practitioners.

Thrust area & scope

Social accountability mechanisms (Participatory budgeting, expenditure tracking, participatory performance monitoring, citizen charter, public hearings, transparency portals, ombudsmen, citizen report cards, community score cards, social audit) in general and social audit in particular. Other aspects include:

  • Capacity building of resource persons in social audit units (SAUs) on social audit and social accountability
  • Sensitisation of rural development professionals on the importance of social audit
  • Research studies on the practice, strategies, effectiveness and impact of social audit and social accountability mechanisms
  • Action research in the areas of social audit and social accountability mechanisms
  • Documentation of best practices in the area of conduct of social audit
  • Development of films on social audit
  • Knowledge management and dissemination of knowledge to other countries on the practices of social accountability by taking up international training programmes, exposure visits
  • Taking up pilot social audits to handhold the resource persons of SAU.
  • Test audits, where social audits are institutionalised for authentication and to make social audits more effective
  • Networking with different Ministries/Institutions for professional and mutual support in the area of conduct of social audits and institutionalising in the respective schemes.
  • Certification of trainers
  • Taking up certification course in social audit in distance mode
  • Providing platform for the practitioners
  • Online based management of community of practice/solution exchange on social audit
  • Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of social accountability practices

Faculty

Dr C Dheeraja

Associate Professor & Head

Education : Ph.D(Social work)
Areas of Specialisation : Gender Issues in Rural Development, Gender Budgeting, Impact of MGNREGS on women and other vulnerable sections, impact assessment studies.
Email : dheeraja.nird[at]gov.in
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