Civil society volunteers to carry out social audit of schools in Bamyan

Rasool Ehsany, Integrity Watch Afghanistan

The Provincial Integrity Network (PIN) members of Bamyan province conducted its monthly meeting in the Civil Society and Human Rights Network to discussed holding government performant accountable performance of education service delivery.  As a result, it was decided to carry out a social audit of Bamyan High school since the PIN members received many public complaints about the school services. The challenges included absenteeism and shortage of teachers, absenteeism of students and general lack of quality of teaching in the school.

Social audit is a method to measure and verify performance by reviewing official records such as contract documents and actual performance on the ground. Results and findings are used to advocate for improving the government’s performance. The social audit process also involves engaging with a number of stakeholders to promote accountability to the public.  Integrity Watch has held trainings on social audit for the PINs in several provinces and has organized social audit educational visits for the networks to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in August 2017 and June 2018 respectively.

Provincial Integrity Networks are voluntary platforms of civil society activists to promote transparency, accountability, and integrity at local level. Integrity Watch organized the creation of these platforms in Nangarhar, Herat, Balkh, Parwan, Kapisa, Bamyan, and Kabul in early 2015 as knowledge sharing platforms. The networks have grown significantly in strength and mandate and have independently taken initiatives such as conducting social audits, and where needed, Integrity Watch has facilitated their operations. The networks comprise of 20-30 advocates divided into several specialized committees including access to information, public complaints, and social audit.