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Following the Money: how to bridge the gap between citizens and subnational governments?

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Following the Money: how to bridge the gap between citizens and subnational governments? Emerging lessons from Guatemala and Mexico

Recently the promotion of transparency, citizen participation and accountability has placed greater emphasis on the subnational level. This shift is based on the idea that local governments are closer to the citizens they serve, which means a better understanding of and greater potential for responsiveness to citizen needs.

At this event we will share reflections and lessons from two ongoing projects in open fiscal governance: Follow the Money in Mexico, implemented by Global Integrity, and Somos Chiantla in Guatemala, implemented by Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI). Specifically, we’ll discuss:

  1. What are the challenges of getting subnational governments to open their fiscal information and engage citizens around the use of this data?

  2. What information do citizens actually want, and how do they want use it?

  3. What lessons and insights can subnational work provide to organizations working on open fiscal governance at other levels?

Join Jorge Florez (Global Integrity) and Adam Fivenson (DAI) to discuss these questions, and to share your experience and ideas on how to improve efforts to bring citizen voices into fiscal processes at the subnational level!

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