01.11.2012: LEPRA social audits give insight into what communities need
In early 2012, LEPRA conducted a social audit of its projects in Bihar. All activities and accounts were made available for public scrutiny to demonstrate transparency, accountability and improved performance.
Social audits are meant to be used as a tool to fight corruption in India, to plug the leaks in public expenditure where officials are obliged to reveal all documents.
Audits can be delayed due to a lack of political will and/or vested interests: a previous audit in Bihar resulted in a murder enquiry, which delayed audits within the state.
This was LEPRA’s fourth social audit and was well attended by beneficiaries, local government officials, auditors, media and the general public. LEPRA has also conducted project audits in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
One of the key requests was for LEPRA to increase its outreach and expand services to adjoining districts. We do not have adequate funding to extend our reach in this way, but hope, with your support, to be able to do so in the future.
Posted by admin 09:59 01.11.2012
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