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How Transparency Affects Distributional Politics: A Field Experiment among Elected Politicians in Malawi

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Brigitte Seim, Ryan Jablonski

Publisher:AidData at the College of William and Mary and the USAID Global Development Lab

December 2016

How does transparency affect distributional politics? This paper shows that it conditions officials’ decisions to target political supporters and needy communities with development resources. It presents the results of a unique experiment in which 333 locally elected politicians in Malawi made real decisions about the allocation of NGO-provided development materials to schools in their area. Prior to making these decisions, half of the politicians were randomly assigned to be informed that letters about their allocation decisions would be sent to local development ...

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Crowdsourcing citizen feedback on district development in Ghana using interactive voice response surveys

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Ciana-Marie Pegus

Publisher:Making All Voice Count

December 2016

This practice paper describes research on crowdsourcing citizen feedback on district development in Ghana. It discusses the use of mobile phone-based interactive voice response surveys, in particular how they can best be used to reach rural women.. It also reflects on the challenges facing a tech provider and a CSO in working together to develop tools for citizen engagement in local government monitoring.

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Technology innovation hubs and policy engagement

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Nanjira Sambuli, J. Preston Whitt

Publisher:Making All Voice Count

March 2017

Many technology innovation hubs are developing civic tech solutions to pressing local commercial and social issues. But their full potential to contribute to a more vibrant local policy ecosystem is yet to be achieved. Changes in attitude, strategic outlook and partnership-building are required. This research provides ideas for hubs, policy-makers and donors to consider in order to improve policy engagement and co-creation in the future.

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Sanctions, Rewards and Learning
Enforcing democratic accountability in the delivery of health, education, and water, sanitation and hygiene

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Aries A. Arugay

Publisher:International IDEA

2016

“This Discussion Paper identifies and documents how mechanisms such as sanctions, rewards and learning can improve democratic accountability in service delivery around the world. It focuses on three critical public service sectors: health, education, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This literature review extends the agenda of International IDEA’s Democracy and Development programme to map out and examine the workings of accountability through democratic means. It analyses the various ways political actors articulate demands, negotiate terms and implement effective service ...

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Has Kenya’s ICT revolution triggered more citizen participation?

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Nyambura Salome

Publisher:Making All Voices Count

2016

This research briefing is one of four which turn the spotlight on how the state behaves in instances of accountable governance. Each examines a landmark social justice policy process in Africa, asking when and how the state listened, and to which actors; and why, at times, it chose not to listen. How far does Kenya’s information and communications technology revolution transform e-government – implementing decisions with the help of ICTs – into e-governance – using ICTs to help make decisions? ...

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