Civic Watch on Covid
Active citizenship is manifested through democratic dialogue and active listening between the government and citizens and inclusive citizen participation in democratic decision-making processes depends on the creation and availability of civic spaces.
The aim of this project is to strengthen democratic institutions, rule of law and public accountability during this crisis through a vigilant civic watch.
While the government is challenged to make rapid decisions in an unchartered context, citizens must ensure that this necessity is not abused to make unilateral and arbitrary decisions as well. There remains the necessity to consult independent professionals and experts, and use established democratic institutions and processes and transparent administrative structures. Citizens in a functioning democracy must never lose their agency and government’s must strive to garner public trust even as they make tough decisions.