Building a Culture of Accountability in Bolivia

Building a Culture of Accountability in Bolivia

To see UNITAS’ joint effort to improve the culture of CSO transparency, please click here and for a summary of the CSO Transparency Week 2018 in Bolivia here.

The self-regulation mechanisms are: the Code of Ethics and the Information System for Transparency and Accountability as a tool for the flow of information between and from the members, which translates into a Collective Report. This contains: Information on the network (levels of government, regulatory framework, articulation axes, strategic objectives and institutional policies), information of the members (legal and institutional context, government bodies, areas and areas of action, lines of action, actors and groups recipients, alliances and agreements, coordination spaces, financial information, tax aspects and labour regulations, staff) and management programs and projects and their results linked to the Istanbul Principles, strategic allies, spaces for public debate and opinion of financial audit.

The UNITAS Network assumes the Istanbul Principle 5 as a means to stimulate structured reflection, deeper understanding and public accountability, that improves the effectiveness of CSOs as development actors, and incorporates self-regulatory mechanisms as part of the institutional internal regulations. Accountability, an annual public exercise at the local and national level, legitimizes the role of NGOs and shows their contribution to development to multiple actors.

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Video “¿Qué es la Rendición de Cuentas? / What is Accountability?”:


Contact Information Susana Eróstegui Revilla, Red UNITAS (,

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"Transparency and accountability are values and practices that contribute to the construction of democratic societies and promote the effectiveness of Civil Society as true development actors in political dialogue with public institutions, international cooperation actors, and social organizations of various types, whether indigenous, for women, trade unions or other. The UNITAS network has been positioning Civil Society Organisations (CSO) self-regulation framework, reflecting on the importance of strengthening their legitimacy and the role they play in the country and encouraging non-profit institutions to incorporate Transparency and Accountability practices and reflect on their institutional effectiveness in accordance with the Istanbul Principles (human rights and social justice, gender equity and equality and rights of women and girls, environmental sustainability, democratic ownership and social participation, transparency and accountability, equitable and solidarity alliances, creating knowledge and mutual learning and commitment to positive and sustainable change). This makes it possible to expand possibilities of multi-actor political dialogue in order to make progress in the effectiveness of development and to hold the State into its obligations on the protection and exercise of all human rights and the accountability of government policies implemented in Bolivia"