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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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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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