Building a Participatory Audit Agenda: A Strategy for Institutionalizing Citizen Participatory Audit
Since 2012, the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) has been implementing a Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) project with the Commission on Audit (COA) of the Philippines. The said project aims to pilot various working arrangements or models by which government auditors can partner with citizen groups and volunteers towards enhancing public audit processes and impact. As part of the project’s final leg, emerging from decisions during the stakeholders assessment last June 2013, the joint COA - ANSA-EAP project management team (PMT) has focused on laying down policies and systems to help ensure the initiative’s continuity. One such system is a periodic shared agenda building process between COA and interested citizen groups to determine possible areas for collaboration.