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Civic engagement, including that by CSOs, in governance is the bedrock of democracy. An informed and active citizenry, particularly skilled and engaged CSOs, have the potential power to strengthen public policies, promote the interests of the people, and hold elected officials accountable. CSOs — often in collaboration with government and the international community — have supported public participation in government decision making and oversight, advocated successfully for transparency and accountability, and defended human rights. But what happens when governments turn their back on their democratic partners? Read more here.

Source: International Budget Partnership

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