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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Aug 20, 2011

REFORMS IN ACCOUNTABILITY, GOOD GOVERNANCE STRESSED

Urging the need for structural and radical reforms for accountability and good governance in the country, the speakers said the importance of citizen report card is vital to ensure social accountability for provision of pro-poor public service delivery to the masses.

The panel of experts comprising of Daniyal Aziz, Advisor, Governance Institutes Network International (GINI) and Gulbaz Ali Khan, Senior Research Associate at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) were speaking at a seminar on “Implementing citizen report cards in slums” organized by Sustainable Development policy Institute here on Thursday.

Imtiaz Gul, Chairman, Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), Islamabad chaired the proceedings.

Daniyal Aziz underlined the need for radical reforms in civil services emphasizing upon the structured system of accountability coupled with negotiated incentives to executives to overcome the systematic infliction of corruption.

He said that social accountability which involves the ethical dimension can only be used as a check for public office bearers in countries where there is a system in place and ethical following is strong, but this system is difficult to implement in countries like Pakistan where corruption itself has become a system and norm. “Basic reason for the corruption is insufficient incentives and reward besides lack of appropriate mechanism for checks and balances.