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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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“ACT NOW TO SAVE MOTHERS” The power of participation

Pregnancy should be a time of great joy. But for many women in Uganda, who risk death or serious disability due to low-quality health services, it can also be a time of great peril. According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, 438 Ugandan women die for every 100,000 live births in the country. This figure compares to 140 per 100,000 in South Africa and just four in Norway. White Ribbon Alliance Uganda (WRA) has spent years working to ...

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A Grassroots Perspective on Thinking and Working Politically

There is growing evidence that supports the need to do development differently by thinking and working politically. This refrain is intensifying and fueling efforts by donors, practitioners and local partners to put this emerging approach into practice. Political economy analysis (PEA) is a favored technique to inform thinking politically. It is becoming widely used by donors to develop country strategies and by practitioners to plan programs. But understanding the politics of change is only one part of the equation. Changing ...

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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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