What is a Social Audit?

A Social Audit is:

an approach and process that aims to build accountability and transparency from local leaders or local government, to citizens, related to the use and management of public resources;

an ongoing process of dialogue and continuous improvement. Social Audits should be repeated, and the action plans from completed Social Audits should be reviewed repeatedly over time. Repetition is important so that both leaders and community members can become comfortable and confident with the process, and can build a stronger relationship with each other. A Social Audit is not a one-time event!

Social Audit Afghanistan.jpg
On a map of the village, women indicate whether they receive an adequate supply of electricity from the new mini-hydroelectric generator – one of the two development projects they chose for a Social Audit.

CARE Social Audit resources
  1. Latest Social Audit field manual (prepared for Afghanistan) 2017.