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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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From tactical to strategic efforts in T&A in Mexico’s natural resource management

By Eduardo Rolon, E-learning course participant Many of us that work with transparency and accountability (T&A) tools have wondered how to pass from denouncing to policy change. The course “Fostering Strategic Social Accountability” organised by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability Knowledge Platform may have provided us with some clues where to look at, thinking more strategically and broadly in our efforts. One of the most interesting topics in this course was the difference between strategic and tactical ap-proaches to ...

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A question of gravity – how do we get social accountability off the ground?

By Joseph Wales The debate around social accountability is on the move. While once the crucial question was whether it could produce tangible results, the debate now centres on what social accountability can achieve (and when, and where, and, crucially, how). Recent collaborative research from CARE International and the Overseas Development Institute explored these questions for a single programme (CARE’s community score cards) across a range of sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania). It found a wide range ...

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