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

Political Economy Analysis (PEA) is the latest buzz concept in social accountability (SAcc) circles and in development policy. Donors are all rushing to apply it to their programming. Civil society groups are clamouring to include it in their funding proposals. But what is it? And how does it take governance and development practice forward? My concern is that it may not. It may in fact detract from a systemic focus, which is needed to solve governance and development challenges. Let’s ...

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Youth Infomediaries: agents of accountability for the SDGs

As the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were being launched last September, Heads of State and Government made a commitment to “accountability to our citizens” in the implementation of this new agenda. In 2016, when we talk about citizens, we’re mainly talking about young people: the 3.5 billion people on the planet who are under 30 years old. The problem is that most of the current proposals on “follow-up and review” for the SDGs reduce young people’s role to volunteering ...

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Towards Greater Accountability in the Water Sector in Mexico

Este artículo también esta disponible en Español While searching for information regarding a government program on water waste treatment, we decided to review the audit reports of physical investments of Mexico’s Supreme Audit Institution (Auditoría Superior de la Federación – ASF). We were surprised: we expected to find very complex documents, however -despite their technical language- they turned out to be no more difficult to read than budget information. We also realized that these documents could be an important source ...

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Engaging citizens as a means to improve education: the experience of public hearings in Moldova

Over the years, the education sector in Moldova has witnessed uneven quality and a lack of efficiency. In 2011 the Government of Moldova initiated a difficult but vital reform program aimed to improve the quality and efficiency of the education sector. “Scoala Mea” initiative comes to support the education reform. The project’s mission is to involve citizens, together with authorities in creating efficient, transparent and better schools. It was launched in 2014, by the Independent Think-Tank Expert-Grup and its regional ...

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How can citizen initiatives shift or re-balance power within societies? A must-ask question in the transparency and accountability learning agenda

With a tropical sea breeze outside and a marvelous sight of Niteroi’s Contemporary Art Museum, whose architecture resembles a spaceship, little by little, 70 participants arrived to the meeting room in which the third TALEARN Workshop, organized by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI),1 was going to be held from November 11th to the 14th.  Having worked in south-south knowledge exchange projects in the last few years, I was luckily one of them. The first thing that came to my ...

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