G-Watch provides tools and methods for ordinary citizens' participation in the monitoring of government service delivery programs. These were designed to answer the question that any ordinary citizen would want to ask: Is the government able to deliver what it promised to deliver? Thus, they basically revolve around the comparison of input and output, plan and accomplishment or expectation and actual result. The comparison takes into account variables, such as time (was the project finished on schedule?), cost (did the project exceed the budget?), quantity (did the beneficiaries receive what was allocated for them?), quality (were the goods produced in accordance with the agreed specifications?) and procedures (were documentation requirements properly accomplished?).
G-Watch contributes to ending corruption by integrating such participatory mechanism in actual government policies and programs, which opens up government transactions to direct scrutiny by the citizens. This is expected to guide and constrain the administrators and other players to appropriate actions and decisions.
G-Watch is primarily addressing corruption in public expenditure, especially in the procurement and delivery of goods and services for various sectors. It has developed and tested tools to monitor textbook delivery, medicines procurement, school building construction, and public works projects.
The activities of G-Watch include establishing partnership with government agencies for the conduct of the monitoring, direct transfer of the tools and methods to citizen groups and communities, and coordination of civil society monitoring initiatives that had been activated. These stakeholders, i.e. government agencies, citizen groups and communities, are likewise considered the beneficiaries of the G-Watch initiatives.