Commissions of Citizen Control
The Commissions of Citizen Control were dedicated to monitor compliance with the recommendations made by the National Office of the Comptroller General to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and to the Ministry of Finance. After training workshops, citizens in the commissions selected the cases to be scrutinized with corresponding investigations and different monitoring tools. Tools included the revision of legal and budgetary documents, as well as interviews with authorities, and media research. Finally, they produced reports that were presented at a public hearing and disseminated to the press in coordination with other civil society organizations. In addition, the commissions drew up recommendations and forwarded them to the appropriate authorities for each case. In some instances, these authorities had even requested them themselves.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- citizens civil society
- democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision