• Categories
  • Archives

Brazilians Want Budgets Accountable for Social Goals

Social participation in the control and supervision of government spending is the purpose of the Law of Social Responsibility (LSR), a project that is headed by civil society organizations and which will be launched at the World Social Forum, in January, 2005, in Porto Alegre.

The initiative, which still exists only on paper, emerged from society and seeks to provoke a national debate to assume legal form.


The proposal is aimed at holding government officials accountable for carrying out the social goals and commitments established in education, health, job creation, infrastructure, and other areas.


The proposal was presented in 2003 during the Brazilian Social Forum, in Belo Horizonte, by Ruda Ricci, sociologist, doctor of social sciences, and professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais.


According to the text, “It represents a strategic formulation that attempts to outline a general project of social control over the Brazilian State, based on civil society.”


The criteria for the preparation of the law should sustain a new type of social contract involving and guiding the actions of not just the State but other institutions that are public in nature and which develop projects in partnership with the State, such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations in the public interest (OSCIPs), and unions.


Proof of this is evidenced by the fact that, to endow the project with real dimensions, the Brazilian Budget Forum (FBO) – an organization that comprises 35 civil society entities and is responsible for the formulation of the project – plans to promote a national campaign to publicize the law.


Social Control


The foundation of the LSR is organized around participatory planning and social control. The first practical step is the determination of goals in accordance with municipal or state priorities.


These priorities should be set in terms of the basic indices of social development, evaluated by organized society and the legislature, together with the mayors and governors.


“Let’s assume that a certain municipality has a 13% illiteracy rate. The idea of the LSR is to use these national statistics to get the municipality to define its priority and velocity for reducing this index,” Ricci said. Failure to obey the law could even result in loss of mandate.


Agência Brasil
Translator: David Silberstein

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Is in Iraq Trying to Drum Up Business

Through the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce Brazil is  participating in the Kurdistan DBX ...

Brazil Largest Beneficiary of Mercosur’s US$ 300 Bi in Foreign Investment

Mercosur member countries received US$ 300 billion in foreign direct investments between 1990 and ...

Brazilian-Spanish Couple Pedals for 10 Years Around the World for UN

The Brazilian Miyuki Okabe and the Spanish Eneko Etxebarrieta were listening to the radio ...

Fading Hopes

Everything has gone wrong for Serra and Cardoso’s government in its last months of ...

Lower Risk Brazil Means Banner Year for Votorantim

Brazil’s Votorantim Celulose e Papel S.A., one of the largest pulp & paper producers ...

Among World’s Top 500 Companies, Five Are from Brazil

Five Brazilian companies made it into the ranking of the world’s 500 biggest companies ...

Illiteracy Among Blacks in Brazil Is 17%. Among Whites, 7%.

Ending prejudice begins with education. With this motto, Brazil’s Ministry of Education’s (MEC) 3rd ...

Brazil to Have Pavillion with 25 Companies at Dubai’s Dental Fair

At least 25 Brazilian companies are going to participate in the 10th edition of ...

Brazil’s Trade Balance Surplus Reaches US$ 31 Billion, 11% Lower than in 2006

Exports from Brazil totaled US$ 3.343 billion last week, a performance 21.69% lower than ...