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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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Learning from Context: Participatory Budgeting in Bangladesh

Since I was young, I have been observing the pain of poor and marginalized people and trying to understand where the problem really was. With time, I understood that the problem is the politics behind each and every economic activities and decisions which only serve the powerful people but not the poor and marginalized people. I also realized that the problem is there but the solution is there as well! This is when I made the commitment to fight for ...

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I, the Citizen

For the past many years now, there has been a buzz around the word ‘Citizen engagement’.  Active citizenship is increasingly being seen as a ‘middle-class’ phenomena and activism is assumed to be the role that neo-intellectuals play.  While on one side, we do see young, educated urban citizens beginning to engage on issues that matter to them, there is still a vast majority of the population who consider activism and citizen engagement as risky and stay away from it. While ...

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Engaging citizens in auditing work: the experience of the Superior Audit Office in Mexico

By Benjamín Fuentes Castro A real public sector accountability framework must embrace mechanisms or processes allowing citizen participation to become a relevant component of government organizations’ management. An essential element for these policies’ consolidation deals with minimizing the information asymmetry gap among organizations’ management and the citizenry. In this regard, the main task for government institutions is to ensure an adequate level of transparency and access to information. These components provide the basis for societal involvement in public agencies’ endeavors. This ...

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