Topic– Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
4) What is social audit. What are its objectives and advantages.Discuss.(250 words)
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the meaning and scope of social audit. We also have to write in detail about the objectives of doing a social audit and the advantages it offers.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a simple definition of social audit. E.g A social audit is a way of measuring, understanding, reporting and ultimately improving an organization’s social and ethical performance.
- Discuss the concept of social audit in detail. E.g A social audit helps to narrow gaps between vision/goal and reality, between efficiency and effectiveness. It is a technique to understand, measure, verify, report on and to improve the social performance of the organization; Social auditing creates an impact upon governance. It values the voice of stakeholders, including marginalized/poor groups whose voices are rarely heard. Social auditing is taken up for the purpose of enhancing local governance, particularly for strengthening accountability and transparency in local bodies.
- Discuss the objectives of social auditing. E.g Assessing the physical and financial gaps between needs and resources available for local development; Creating awareness among beneficiaries and providers of local social and productive services; Increasing efficacy and effectiveness of local development programmes etc.
- Discuss the advantages of social audit. E.g Trains the community on participatory local planning; Encourages local democracy; Encourages community participation; Benefits disadvantaged groups etc.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.