08.02.13 // Institutional Strengthening, News

TPA Initiative: Transparency, Citizen Participation and Accountability

Coordinated by ACIJ, the TPA Initiative is a network of Latin American organizations interested in contributing to strengthening public oversight systems by promoting practices of transparency, citizen participation and accountability in Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in the region.

The TPA Initiative

In the framework of this project, which began in 2010, during this year we have advanced in the design and identification of transparency, citizen participation and accountability indicators in sub-national audit institutions. Organizations from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina currently participate in the Initiative.

TPA Training Course in Supreme Audit Institutions

ACIJ designed material that offers training for the development and implementation of transparency, citizen participation and accountability policies in Supreme Audit Institutions, directed towards public officials, technical staff and other actors involved in public oversight. Adaptable to many potential learning environments (in-person workshop, online classrooms, course in formal university program), the tool includes a theoretical-conceptual approach to the concepts as well as practical applications. Its two sections include proposed content for each thematic unit, supplementary readings and a guide, as well as some specific activities and methodologies.

Launch of TPA Initiative Website

The new virtual platform operates as a channel for the socialization of the documents produced by the network and other reports and publications about oversight and TPA, and helps spread the Word about the activities undertaken in each country and at the regional level. Essentially, the site offers a space for exchange between Supreme Audit Institutions and civil society. On the one hand, it features a large database with the actors involved in oversight from different environments (audit institution officials, key players within the Latin America-wide federation of national audit institutions (OLACEFS), national legislators and civil society organizations devoted to issues of transparency and public oversight, etc.). On the other, it presents a regional map of transparency, citizen participation and accountability practices systematized by country and described in detail. Above all, the site is a key reference space about TPA issues which invites SAIs to share their initiatives and mechanisms aimed at citizen involvement.