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CSO Accountability: a Precondition for Demanding Social Accountability?

By Anabel Cruz and Laia Griñó It would have been easy for participants at the GPSA Global Partners Forum this spring to just focus on social accountability. After all, the purpose of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) is to strengthen civil society collaboration with governments while also making them more accountable. Instead, however, a small group of participants also came together to talk about civil society organizations (CSO) accountability, and about its link to social accountability. As one ...

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How could Civil Society collaborate with Public Oversight Institutions to advance Social Accountability?

By Gilbert Sendugwa  During the GPSA grantees workshop, held in Washington in May 2014, participants brainstormed about how collaborating with public oversight agencies such as Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and Ombudsman’s Offices can complement the social accountability efforts led by CSOs within their respective GPSA projects. There was consensus about the need for further exploration of this topic given that most civil society organizations had had limited or no collaboration with public oversight agencies to advance accountability. Concerning the interaction with ...

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Four ways in which a good theory of change can help your social accountability work

By Duncan Green  Theories of change (ToCs) are a bit of a development fuzzword at the moment, used in lots of different and sometimes baffling ways. But Oxfam finds ToCs extremely useful, provided they address issues of power and politics, avoid linear ‘logframe on steroids’ or exclusively technical approaches, and embrace the messy realities of the world in which we are trying to support the search for social accountability. Here are four ways in which they can help. Exploring the context, ...

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Ombudsman Institutions: Bridging the Citizen-Government Gap

By Marcos Mendiburu  How can Governments foster citizen engagement and public trust? One answer is Ombudsman Institutions, which can be a key vehicle to amplify citizen voice and make government open and inclusive. On July 2-3, 2014 I attended the Regional Asian Ombudsman Association (AOA) Conference which showcased various approaches that countries are using to increase citizen voice and enhance government accountability. Stressing the importance of the Ombudsman neutrality and impartiality, Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman of Ireland stated that “You Ombudsman Office ...

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Social accountability through GPSA projects – making the ‘magic’ happen

The GPSA seems to have developed a well thought-out approach for strategic social accountability, by 1) making sure the selected grantees have what it takes (and they certainly do!) to implement social accountability projects in their countries; and 2) creating the necessary conditions for learning and development through the GPSA’s Knowledge Component. Both seem fairly straightforward at glance. However, as we proceeded in our deliberations during the workshop and heard some of the other participants, I realised that our projects ...

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How Can I Contribute to the Knowledge Platform

You may contribute to the Knowledge Platform in many different ways: you can send and disseminate your social accountability materials (toolkits, reports, videos, etc.) in the knowledge repository; you can contact, interact and collaborate with other peers and join a global community of social accountability practitioners; you can participate in the different learning and knowledge exchange activities of the GPSA KP such as online courses, thematic forums, webinars and blogs; and you can develop a partnership with the GPSA KP to implement collaborative knowledge activities.

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