CSO’s key in addressing socio-economic inequalities

SAPST Legal Officer Mr Vivian Mashavave has urged CSO’s to adopt the social accountability monitoring framework to ensure effective, efficient and economical utilisation of public services.

Speaking at a one-day workshop for CSO’s on the role of Parliament and its processes held in Mutare yesterday, Mr Mashavave said social accountability enhances social inclusion in public resource management and helps to channel public resources towards meeting citizens’ rights.

Furthermore, he said, social accountability helps to identify systemic weaknesses in the public resource management system and timely corrective actions.

Social accountability is an emerging approach in the developmental State discourse, spearheaded by the World Bank, within its framework of Social Development Strategy, in a bid to address socio-economic inequalities in society, more specifically poverty reduction.

Since 2011, SAPST has been collaborating with PSAM to train civil society and public officials on the use of social accountability tools in public finance management.

With regards to the budget process, Mr Mashavave underscored the importance of Parliament, civil society and interest groups to participate in the entire process saying all citizens have a right to demand justifications and explanations from the State when it fails to provide adequate services to them.

He said participation in the budget process is a powerful tool for representation and accountability adding that it demonstrates the importance of strategic engagement with the State for promoting a people-centric democratic discourse.