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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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The GPSA Knowledge Platform: A Space for Social Accountability Learning and Sharing

Author: Miguel Pulido Over the last few years we in Fundar have watched excitedly as more and more citizens find their voice, and are listened to, through the growing number of social accountability initiatives. Today, governments increasingly understand that citizen feedback is not only good for citizens, but it is good for government too. Donors are more prepared to support this work, academics are undertaking more research, and CSOs and citizens are refining the tools and methods. Yet, despite all ...

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Welcome to the GPSA Knowledge Platform Blog!

The GPSA KP Blog features the opinion of experts and practitioners on social accountability. It aims to advance and improve the knowledge, learning and practice on social accountability. In particular, the GPSA KP Blog posts seek to disseminate the latest trends and findings in social accountability; showcase experiences, practices and strategies on social accountability; analyze and identify political context elements and institutional frameworks that enable social accountability; and analyze capacity building and financial support strategies for CSOs carrying out social ...

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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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