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TRUST… BUT VERIFY: Building stronger media collaborations to advance social accountability

“Our school has no books.” Standard six student Esther Chakwana had a poem ready for the morning’s visitors to her rural Malimbwe Primary School in Mitundu District, down a dusty red dirt road about 40 kilometers from Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe: Shyly, she announced its title: “Our school has no books.” Whole classes at Malimbwe shared a single textbook, or had none at all. “How can we learn without books?”, Esther asked in her poem (please see Esther read her poem ...

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Stock-take of the stock-taking: eight somewhat left-field observations on social accountability

Given the enormous popularity of social accountability initiatives (SAcc) and the proliferation of excellent empirical syntheses on the topic that have been produced over the last few years, it may be a good time for taking stock of some of the stock-taking. This is the idea behind a new working paper I just published in the Social Science Research Network. It aims to distil and critically annotate some of the main insights from the evidence reviews already in existence, identify ...

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Bridging the Gap: The Role of Local Churches in Fostering Local-Level Social Accountability and Governance

Local churches are not about the buildings, but about the people who are members of their congregations. These people are integral to, and embedded into, the communities they serve. At their best, churches are places of radical community, where everyone is welcome and relationships are formed across social barriers. They can be safe spaces where people talk to different groups in an environment that promotes trust and understanding. Tearfund is a Christian international NGO, working to combat poverty in over ...

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Limitations to develop a culture of transparency in the public sector

Limitations to develop a culture of transparency in the public sector Transparency and access to information are not only human rights, but also means to allow citizens to know and monitor what their government is doing. But, what are some hindrances to develop an effective culture of transparency in the public sector? Using data from the National Study of Public Servants, held by the Consejo para la Transparencia in Chile (Council for Transparency)1, we explored the role of the bureaucratic ...

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The Must Needed Connection: the Open Government Partnership’s Way Forward

In 2011, the Mexican Federal Institute for Access to Public Information and Data Protection, back then IFAI, invited a group of civil society organizations –including Fundar– to work in a new initiative called the Open Government Partnership. We were asked to make proposals of commitments for the Mexican First Action Plan. I personally decided that a project of dialogue and interaction between civil society, the private sector, and the government could become a powerful platform for significant progress in transparency, ...

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You may contribute to the Knowledge Platform in many different ways: you can send and disseminate your social accountability materials (toolkits, reports, videos, etc.) in the knowledge repository; you can contact, interact and collaborate with other peers and join a global community of social accountability practitioners; you can participate in the different learning and knowledge exchange activities of the GPSA KP such as online courses, thematic forums, webinars and blogs; and you can develop a partnership with the GPSA KP to implement collaborative knowledge activities.

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