Strengthening civil society
As the umbrella organisation of the «Bodies of Participation and Public Monitoring» («Participación y control social, PyCS), ACOVICRUZ pursues the aim of contributing to the social and political change of Bolivia – with the development of a culture of transparency, citizen participation and the fight against corruption.
ACOVICRUZ is a member of the «Network of Citizen Participation and Public Monitoring» («Red de Participación Ciudadana y Control Social», PCCS), which consists of over 50 organisations across the country; and represents the «Bodies of Participation and Public Monitoring» of the 56 municipalities of the department of Santa Cruz. These bodies are elected by the civil society within the municipalities and have a legal status that is defined in the national constitution.
With its work, ACOVICRUZ contributes to the exercise of the citizens’ right to participate in political decisions. The point is not only to guarantee the rights, but also to initiate a change in Bolivia’s society so that the civil society considers itself as a part of a pluralistic democracy, knows and exercises its rights and can rely on their representatives, who should commit themselves to ensuring transparency in the public administration while fighting against corruption and representing the interests of the citizens.