The central government and local self-governments regulate various aspects of public life and oversee the implementation of relevant projects. For example, this includes constructing roads and kindergartens, establishing sports complexes, renovating recreational areas, and more.

Each project implemented by the institutions has its own purpose, budget and impact on the welfare of society. Sometimes such projects’ goals, budgets, and outcomes are not interconnected.

To improve public policy implementation and maximise its benefits for communities, a civil audit is necessary. Civil Audit is the mechanism of public control that verifies whether a project aligns with public interests, how well it corresponds to its intended goals, how logical its budget is, and how effectively it has been executed. With the opportunity provided by civil audits, the community can control the implementation of public projects, ensuring transparency, accountability, and active participation in the reasonable disposal of the budget. This is one of the rights of citizens, and it helps make the government more accountable to society.

The Civil Audit Manual is a handbook for high school students to gain a better understanding of local governance, budgeting and mechanisms of civil audit. The information is provided in an engaging way to help the students develop corresponding skills. 

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The Civil Audit Manual was created and translated by the European-Georgian Institute (EGI) and the Regional Sustainable Development Institute (RSDI) with the inspiration and support of Malmo University and the Swedish Institute Academy of Young Professionals. Special thanks to Lena Andersson and Tom Nilssonv. 

Social Audit Manual was published with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Georgia. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the organisations listed above.

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