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Challenges in the Education Sector among GPSA Grantees

By Luis Esquivel The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) supports collaboration between social accountability initiatives and government agencies to solve specific governance challenges. To date, it supports a total 23 projects in 17 countries. Nine of these projects tackle governance challenges in education, making this sector the most prominent among GPSA grantees. These nine education grants — from Ghana, Malawi (2 grants), Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Philippines (funded by Open Society Foundations), Tunisia and Uganda — focus on increasing quality ...

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Right to Participation – claiming the rightful space

By Kaustuv K. Bandyopadhyay At the turn of the millennium decentralised local governance was the mantra of the era. A significant number of developing countries in 1990’s and 2000 have had engineered some form of decentralisation of governance. In most of these countries, this wave of decentralisation also accompanied new spaces for citizen participation aimed at deepening democracy, ensuring effective service delivery and making development more inclusive. After decades of experimentation on decentralised local governance, it may be pertinent to ...

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Social Audit: What Happens When the Government does not Collaborate?

By Sowmya Kidambi   When it comes to human needs, safe, clean, and functioning toilets are one of the most basic services that any government can provide. In South Africa, unlike in many other countries, the right of access to toilets, water, and other sanitation services is enshrined in the constitution. It is in this context that the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) have been trying to engage the government of the City of Cape Town on ...

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What do a Group of Youth in Salvador, Brazil, Pregnant Women in Keembe, Zambia and the People of Du village in Indonesia have in Common?

By Jeff Hall In one way or another, they have all used a simple version of Jonathan Fox’s “sandwich strategy” to improve accountability at the schools and clinics upon which they depend. This “sandwich strategy” brokers alliances between pro-accountability forces within government and civil society.  These alliances work to squeeze out the anti-accountability forces, and ultimately improve government performance. On October 30, we joined Jonathan Fox at a London roundtable convened by World Vision and the Overseas Development Institute, in ...

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What does it take to build a Citizen Oversight Mechanism in education in Moldova?

By Victoria Vlad Social Accountability (SAcc) tools in education, and in any sector, are a new concept in Moldova. This was actually confirmed by a survey that we used to assess the needs of five regional CSOs for training in early August. Here’s what we learned during our two-day training. Assessing CSOs’ knowledge and practice in SAcc: The survey assessed CSOs’ capacities in SAcc, which confirmed the lack of practice of our five project partners in implementing SAcc tools. Only ...

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