Poland: Watchdog Kartuzy
Objective: social control of authorities Kartuzy Municipality. We want to achieve transparency in the activities of local authorities to ensure no corruption and effective public spending. Objectives will be fulfilled through access to public information and its publication in internet: official documents, our analysis and our recommendations to the authorities.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Residents of municipalities Kartuzy – urban-rural municipality in the province of Pomerania, Poland. About 32,000 residents. There are no websites devoted to public property and public expenditure other than the official. These, in turn, contain only information favorable to the authorities. There is lack of effective channels to inform the public.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
- Official documents obtained from the municipal office in Kartuzy and other government institutions on public property, public expenditures, plans and intentions of local authorities in municipality Kartuzy
– Own analysis of public asset
– Assessment of the activities of local authorities
– Recommendations for authorities
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
We made an agreement with several local newspapers and portals. It will be possible for them to publish our reports and analyzes. We have established the cooperation with a number of watchdog organizations operating in neighboring municipalities, as well as watchdog.org.pl group that promotes social guard activities in Poland. In this way we could participate in trainings on how to access public information and we can exchange our experience.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
We plan to train about 30 people with methods for obtaining public information, how to establish a dialogue with the public authorities and how to involve the authorities to solve the problems of the local community. We also expect that some of the trained persons will involve in our web project http://facebook.com/watchdog.kartuzy .
We will be aiming for local leaders and members of local association.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Source materials, leaflets, promotion on the internet and in the press, legal aid