Socia Audit (Module 4)

Emerging Issues In Social Audit Emerging Issues

Documented cases of the efficacy of social audits have brought about several positive changes, within the systems and procedures of governments in the delivery of development schemes and programmes for citizens and their communities.  However, social audit has its fair share of challenges that need to be recognised and addressed in the course of time.

In this last Module, you will learn about:

  • The various benefits of participatory social audit
  • The most common challenges to be faced

PRIA and the School of Planning and Architecture were involved in a social audit in Chandigarh in 2011, where there was a push for following a participatory process, wherein local bodies had a strong say over the proceedings and events.

This last module shares interesting findings where the implementation of the Right to Information Act (2005), mobilisation among the poor and the middle class against corruption were some of the outcomes of the social audit.

Yet at the same time, there is prevalence of inertia among government officials, especially those who are adverse to change. Further, the heterogeneity in society creates conflicting demands from various sections of people, rather than working towards common good for all.

But despite the various problems and obstacles, the spin off benefits is reason enough to promote this type of an auditing system.


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