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Cristal Government Web Site
Institution: Government of Argentina
Implementation Date: Feb 01, 2000
Summary: The mission of the Cristal government initiative is to disseminate online and in an easily understood format all information concerning the use of public funds in Argentina. This includes information not only about the amounts of money devoted to different programmes but also about how these funds are administered. While the content of the web site is directed to all citizens, journalists are a particularly important audience for the site, as newspapers and television enable a much wider dissemination of its content.

The information on the Cristal web site is organized according to three thematic areas:

• "The State within Reach of All": explains how public monies are redistributed between the national government and provinces;

• "Goals and Results": gathers information on all national policies to evaluate their management and the manner in which public funds are assigned;

• "Accountability of Representatives": consolidates information relating to the control of corruption, both in government and in the non-governmental sector.
Impact: This programme creates a better-informed citizenry that can exercise more effective control over their political representatives. It helps to increase transparency and control corruption practices, thereby restoring citizens' confidence in government. In November 2000, the Cristal site was a finalist in the Government category for the “mate.ar” award for best Internet sites in Argentina.
Source: World Bank
Project Home URL: http://www.cristal.gov.ar/ (in Spanish)
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