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Sunday, December 4 • 10:00 - 12:00
Decentralization, citizen participation and risks of corruption

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In Panama, the decentralization process became effective as of 2015, when Law 37 of 2009 was reformed, which decentralized public administration and issued provisions. The news, in a highly centralist country, was received by the population with some doubts that were clarified along the way, because what is intended to achieve is that municipalities generate development, equity and social justice through transparent management and Participatory approach.
Unfortunately, the damage caused by the scourge of corruption in all areas of social life has caused enormous losses to the public funds that could be used to solve problems faced by the population. The collective frustration over the deficit of solutions and the impunity perceived by the communities are producing a growing distrust between the communities and their authorities, which affects the possibility of the joint construction of projects that can serve the communities.
The current decentralization process has generated hope for organized citizens who can influence decisions, even though it is still aware that its power remains very small, but we value the different mechanisms of participation contemplated in the law as an opportunity to create the spaces for consultation and decide for an efficient public investment at the local level.
Promoting a culture of co-responsibility, citizen control, strengthening trust relations between local authorities and the population, reduce social unrest and hence the importance of organizing information and training forums that allow us to approach public management to the people through the respectful dialogue between all the social actors that participate of the social life in our country.
For this purpose the objectives of the round table would be the following:
• Identify the main problems in terms of corruption and programs that are developed for transparency in the administration of public resources in our country
• Know the progress made by the State organs in the process of decentralization that takes place in the country.
• Recognize the work that CSOs have developed in terms of citizen participation and transparency.

Sunday December 4, 2016 10:00 - 12:00 CST