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Moving towards a strategic approach to social accountability in post-conflict contexts: the Tuungane experience in Democratic Republic Congo

By Isatou Batonon, E-learning course participant   Organizations working on large-scale and complex recovery programs in post-conflict contexts tend to latch on to the tangible and the predictable whenever they can. This has been International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) experience implementing the Tuungane1 program in eastern Democratic Republic (DR) Congo, one of the largest community-driven reconstruction programs in the world. The UK government-funded program empowers communities by giving them greater voice and control over their own development and the ability to hold ...

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“The right intention”: Setting up civic engagement platforms

By Fabrizio Scrollini “Por mi Barrio” (For my Borough-FMB) is a new initiative implemented in Montevideo, Uruguay by DATA Uruguay and that is based on the Fixmystreet software. FMB allows locals to report incidents to the local government turning this process open and transparent. I know what you are thinking: please not another post showing how technology “changes everything” while trumpeting the benefits of a particular software platform. Bear with me. I will do my best to avoid blatant self-promotion. ...

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¿What do civic apps need to strengthen their ecosystem and promote social change?

By Marcio Vasconcelos Pinto Spanish The field of technologies for social change has been active for more than a decade. Organizations such as: My Society (2003), Open Knowledge (2004) and Sunlight Foundation (2006) have been the pioneers of this field. In Latin America, although the field is still emerging, there are several established initiatives such as Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente (Smart Citizen Foundation); communities such as Transparencia Hacker Brasil (Hacker Transparency Brazil) and Hacks Hacker Buenos Aires. Other initiatives, such as ...

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The Seven Deadly Sins in Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

By Dr. Vinay Bhargava According to a recent World Bank study, the number of countries with Conditional Cash Transfer Programs (CCTPs) has increased from 27 in 2008 to 53 in 2013. CCTPs are government programs that provide cash to participants upon their fulfillment of a set of conditions or co-responsibilities. The growing popularity of CCTPs is due to their proven effectiveness in reducing poverty as noted by the same World Bank study. However, CCTP achievements are often undermined by integrity ...

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Re-Articulating the Balance of Power: The Social Accountability Endgame

By Matt Hagler, E-learning course participant “Politics is about the structures, institutions and operation of power and how it is used in the competition, conflict and deliberation over ideas, interests, values and preferences.”1 Indeed, politics is the business of power and being preoccupied with the division of that power. Social Accountability (SAcc) practitioners must remain aware that the goal of intervention is to re-articulate existing balances of power within particular socio-economic contexts. Absent this re-articulation, intervention is of little value. ...

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