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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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Social Accountability vs. Government Monitoring: The Search for Effective Strategies to Reduce Corruption in Maternal Health Service Provision. The experience of My Health, My Voice in Uttar Pradesh, India

Citizens of many countries low and middle income are routinely asked to make informal payments for health services. Both government and civil society-led monitoring have been used to reduce the prevalence of informal payments.  There are pluses and minuses to each approach. In judging the relative benefits and drawbacks of civil society versus government-led monitoring, there are several issues to consider.  Some include: - the potential risks and protections for those who report corruption, - whether or not the government ...

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Political Economy Analysis – A step forward for social accountability and development, or three steps back?
Part II

In a previous post, I argued that mainstream PEA has limited our understanding of how to achieve better governance and development outcomes. In part, this limitation arises from their Public Choice Theory (PCT) premises, which assume that all individuals and their decisions are motivated by incentives or expected payoffs; positive incentives reward those who comply with institutional rules and negative incentives punish those who don’t. What mainstream PEA offers, then, is a focus on how politicians, bureaucrats and civil society ...

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A Start-up of Social Accountability in Myanmar

Oxfam has been working to promote social accountability and good governance with local civil society organisations in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy region since 2012. What started off as a cautious approach to building the capacity of community based organisations, has expanded over the years to fill the growing political space and Oxfam has partnered with local organisations and local authorities to exploit these systemic changes and use the space to connect local authorities with peoples’ concerns. It has been challenging to introduce ...

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