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Georgian Platform Budget Monitor Wins World Summit Awards

Georgian platform “Budget Monitor”of State Audit office is among winners of World Summit Awards.

The World Summit Awards are a unique awards system, selecting and promoting local digital innovation with high impact on improving society. WSA is an international platform for cut edge examples on how ICTs can have an impact on society.

Budget Monitor (BM) is a unique citizen engagement web-platform of State Audit Office of Georgia (SAOG), which provides comprehensive analytical information about the public finances, designed from auditor’s perspective. BM presents key budgetary information and results of SAOG conducted audits in easy-to-interpret way using various data visualization tools, thus rises public awareness about how budget money is spent.

BM is a two-way communication platform. On the one hand,it equips citizens with sufficient information for external public scrutiny and empowers their participation in government decision making. On the other hand, platform enables them to engage constructively throughout the audit cycle. By sending audit requests and proposals, citizens are able to inform SAOG about the deficiencies in public spending. Thus,people can have profound impact on improving PFM through their participation in SAOGs audit works and following up the government responses on audit recommendations.