Scrutinising public projects in Colombia

In 2008, the Colombian government launched the Citizen’s Visible Audits (CVA) programme, an initiative aimed at involving citizens in the monitoring of public projects and in reducing corruption. To ensure public works such as sanitation, water, and school-building projects, benefit the local communities, local governments organise public gatherings where citizens can scrutinise projects directly. In these meetings, the community has the opportunity to voice its concerns and ask the firm responsible for implementation questions. The CVA programme builds citizens’ capacity to monitor and audit and it holds local governments and contracting firms accountable for honouring commitments, improving the chances of projects finishing in a timely and efficient manner. The CVA programme has enabled local authorities to improve their delivery of public investment projects.