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Does collaboration with civil society strengthen accountability institutions? An exploration

Authors: Carolina Cornejo and Marcos Mendiburu
Published by: the GPSA
Date: May 2015

How citizens interact and collaborate with accountability institutions has been the subject of much careful review in recent years. This note highlights key points from the discussion. But first, perhaps we should clarify what we mean by “accountability institutions.” Accountability Institutions (AIs) include anti-corruption bodies, supreme audit institutions (SAIs), ombudsman institutions (OIs) and human rights commissions. This note will focus on OIs and SAIs which may differ in their specific mission and function, but are similarly tasked with addressing some of the shortcomings of the separation of power across the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of government (see Peruzzotti 2012). As such, they have direct relevance to the interests of citizens and civil society organizations. How can further collaboration between AIs and civil society be best encouraged within the socalled accountability ecosystem (see Halloran 2014)? What are the benefits and risks of this collaboration? In a brief review of international experience and debate, this note addresses these questions and raises others for further consideration.

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Other GPSA Notes
Note 1: Creating Space for Social Accountability: the Global Partnership for Social Accountability
Note 2: Strategies that harness the context to generate social accountability
Note 3: Responsive and Multi-Pronged Strategies
Note 4: Picking Partners and Allies that Bolster Your Social Accountability Efforts
Note 5: Adaptive Learning
Note 6: What Next for Strategic Social Accountability?
Note 7: Supporting Politically Smart Social Accountability
Note 8: How Are GPSA’s Partners Thinking about Scale and Trying to Achieve it?
Note 9: Does collaboration with civil society strengthen accountability institutions? An exploration

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