August 17, 2023
Should you Blow The Whistle
To The Audit Department?
And even though the Audit Department's reports cannot be publicized, residents are still encouraged to blow the whistle when they know of some form of corruption happening. However, most might think, what's the point, if nothing comes out of it?
That's what we asked the deputy auditor general.
Selwyn Fuller, Deputy Auditor General
"We all need to understand what is our role in terms of what is the citizen's role in terms of asking, asking questions, what is happening? Why aren't those report being public? Why aren't the financial statements being completed? Why is it that the audit offices working or functioning in which we don't know what is happening? Just to add a little too we do have a website."
August 17, 2023
Office of the Auditor General's Making Citizens Count workshops conclude
The Office of the Auditor General today concluded the workshops for its “Making Citizens Count” initiative. As we explained, the objective is to find out from citizens what areas they believe the Office should target regarding the use of public funds as well as how the operations of the office can be enhanced. We caught up with the team from the Office and consultants during the workshop in Belize City this morning. They visited north, south, east and west. We spoke with Deputy Auditor General Selwyn Fuller.
Consultant Andres Navia with Citizens Action Colombia said the low turnout is unimportant. He notes quality is what matters.
August 15,16, 2023
Belize: Making Citizens Count. Citizen forums successfully conclude in 6 districts of the country
On August 15, 16 and 17, 2023, six Making Citizens Count forums were held in Belize City, and the Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek and Toledo districts. These forums -organized by the Office of the Auditor General of Belize and AC-Colombia- provided a space to discuss, listen, and take note of citizen and grassroots organization members opinions regarding what to do to guarantee that Government funds in Belize are well invested.
Participants voiced their concerns, proposals and vision regarding their most pressing problems which included the high cost of living, increased levels of violence, crime, domestic violence, the precariousness and lack of transparency in Government assistance programs for vulnerable populations -mainly children, adolescents and the elderly-, and a lack of effective education in ethical values. Additionally, participants expressed their concerns about the need to facilitate citizen complaint mechanisms regarding failures in the delivery of public services, and the need to have ways to demand that Government funds are well invested.
The aforementioned citizen inputs will be complemented with the current on-line consultation process that is being held until the end of October, 2023. Making Citizens Count is bringing together multiple actors of the Belizean people, including representatives of the commercial sectors, industry, services, media, NGOs, unions, education, professional associations, ethnic groups, women's organizations, LGBTQI+ communities, as well as political leaders and rural representatives.
To participate in the survey, please go to: