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Social Audit in the Argentine Legislature: Obtaining and Publishing the Affidavits of National Senators

This social audit initiative was undertaken by the Transparency Division of the Center for Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth [Area de Transparencia del Centro de Implementación de Políticas Publicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC)].

Its mission was to obtain and publish the Affidavits disclosing assets and financial status submitted by national senators. In the broader framework of advocating increased access to information about legislators, a network of more than one hundred volunteers was formed to systematically compel Senators to release their Affidavits. The campaign lasted for four months and concluded with Senatorial Decree (419/02) signed by Dr. Juan Carlos Maqueda, Acting President of the Senate, who declared that the documents must be made available “to the citizens who have made this demand and to any person who should request them in the future.”

Uploaded on: Jun 13, 2017
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2017
Year Published: 2002

Resource Tags

Resource Type: Impact Evidence Issues: Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information Tool Type: Case Study, Journal Articles & Books, Training Resources & Popular Education Method: Filing Right to Information Claims, Improving Governance, Accountability and Transparency Languages: English Regions: Argentina Nature of Impact: Acquisition of Remedy / Entitlement / Information, Change in institutional / government practice, Change in law or policy, Legal Knowledge and Skills, Positive Impact Scale of Intervention/Impact: 0 to 1,000 people Institutions Engaged: Local legislative representative, Media, National Court, National Legislative body, NGOs Evaluation Method: Case Studies