Carlos Bareiro

Ashoka Fellow
Asuncion, NULL, Paraguay
Fellow Since 2004


This profile was prepared when Carlos Bareiro was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
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.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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