Rede Contraloria Ciudadana del Paraguay

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Rede Contraloria Ciudadana del Paraguay

Paraguay
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
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Carlos began his engagement with social issues during his ecclesiastic studies in Buenos Aires from 1957 to 1969. His insistence on working with the poor through a movement that quickly spread to other seminary students, caused him to be expelled from the seminary. From that point he worked in the peripheral districts of Buenos Aires, later returning to Paraguay to work with the poorest peasants of Misiones and Ñeembucu. He co-founded several cooperatives and peasant organizations, and served from 1993 to 2000 as Executive Secretary of the National Social Pastoral. His first great project in this position was to expose the corruption of the governor of Misiones, and with the help of another minister he forced that governor to resign.. This victory was the starting point for the spread of the Contralorías Ciudadanas. For two years, Carlos directed a small USAID project that permitted him to cultivate the Contralorías and publish their work. Now, drawing support from another USAID project and a growing network of supporters, he seeks to expand the reach of his model to all districts of Paraguay and to the whole of Latin America Carlos Bareiro was elected to Ashoka in 2004

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Carlos Bareiro recruits and trains people's groups in Paraguay to monitor and root out corruption in government. With his support, citizens found Contralorías Ciudadanas and join a network that connects their local efforts to a national movement for accountable public institutions. Members of the network share tactics, gather and present proof of corrupt dealings, and initiate legal action against corrupt officials.Their efforts are beginning to change the way politics works in Paraguay: across the country, local candidates for office have stepped forward and asked to be monitored by the Contralorías, and several presidential candidates have done the same. As Carlos works to strengthen his citizen watchdog groups—currently active in one quarter of the country's cities and towns—he prepares to expand his model internationally. By linking with social entrepreneurs and rights organizations throughout Latin America, he aims to foster a continent-wide citizen initiative for responsible government.