The benefits of civil society for Bahrain and for you
Key concepts: Transparency, Accountability … and Corruption
Transparency means operating in such a way that everybody can see what you are doing. It is important that governments behave transparently, so that civilians can know whether their leaders are effectively serving the public and are keeping their promises. This is particularly important in the case of how public money is spent, but it also extends to transparency over whether a government is fulfilling its human rights commitments.
Accountability is related to transparency, because when a government behaves transparently it can be held accountable by the public and civil society. Officials are ultimately answerable for the correct and thorough completion of their tasks and responsibilities. When officials fail in their duties or behave illegally, there should be consequences.