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ACTIVATING CIVIC SPACE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Helping and Hindering factors for Effective CSO Engagement in the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda recognizes that the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be successful with strong global partnerships and cooperation. Civil society organizations (CSOs), due to their direct connection with poor, vulnerable and marginalized communities, are recognized as key partners in the successful implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. In the face of this increasingly urgent agenda, the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment commissioned a research study with the following research question: “What …

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Social Accountability and CLD in Covid-19 Response

Shortly after the WHO declared Covid19 a global pandemic, community leaders in Bangladesh realized the need to organize to limit its spread and ensure social protection for the most vulnerable. They began enrolling volunteers to form Village Development Teams for taking action, including sewing masks, making hand sanitizers and distributing flyers with information about COVID-19. Where government-supported safety net programs exist, these local leaders ensure that the aid reaches the right people. Similarly, in India, during the first five days …

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Let’s make a big fuss about relationships and accountability (Part 4)

Social accountability is about relationships. Many of the stories about doing social accountability in the “middle” route focused on building, nurturing and sustaining relationships with different stakeholders. Innovative evaluations in the field are starting to point to the significance of these relationships to mobilize voluntary citizens, catalyze collective action, mobilize resources for solving problems (here) and strengthen delivery systems (here,  here).  Even studies with null findings are pointing towards the importance of nurturing semi-institutionalized trust and new relationships, step by …

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My School – Empowered Citizens Enhancing Accountability of the Education Reform and Quality of Education in Moldova

Final evaluation The present evaluation report, carried out in the last year of the project implementation, presents the main outcomes and the impact of the social accountability tools in the beneficiary schools. At the same time, the evaluation analyzed the extent to which the results of the “My School” project validate the theory of change promoted by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability and its adaptation to the context of education and governance in the Republic of Moldova. “My School” …

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Social Accountability Approaches: Supporting CSOs to realise better UHC health outcomes

Societal consensus on the goals of Universal Health Coverage (UHC)provides communities ‘left behind’ with a potential space to have representation at all levels, and advocate for better health and well-being. Conceptually, this advocacy is not restricted to a single program or dimension of health. Current Global Health Initiatives (GHIs), however, are often program or disease specific, and correspondingly promote Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)’s work in these areas, to the detriment of issues that cut across the health system. Program and …

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[Spanish] Evaluación Formativa Proyecto Prácticas de Buen Gobierno en República Dominicana (Proyecto Vigilantes)

Fundación Intermón Oxfam, a non-governmental organization focusing on poverty and human rights, received a GPSA grant to strengthen the transparency and accountability of government services in the Dominican Republic. The grant intended to help CSOs and citizens participate in the national budget process, and in the budgets and services of water, sanitation, education, and agriculture. This grant supported three components aiming to: 1) establish a macro-level “observatory” permitting CSOs and citizens to analyze, monitor, and provide feedback on the national …

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Aligning Actors for Learning: The Evolution of Social Accountability in the Dominican Republic’s Education Sector

The practice of social accountability has evolved since the 1990s. This note illustrates this evolution looking at work targeted to the Dominican Republic’s education sector. It argues that what may have started as a tool-based transparency and social accountability interventions isolated from policymaking has evolved towards collaborative, problem-solving social accountability approaches. Later approaches are integrated into the education policy arena by design. Lessons and contextual changes in initial stages of social accountability practice, informed further iterations of the work, including …

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How Social Accountability Strengthens Cross-Sector Initiatives to Deliver Quality Health Services?

Citizens have a role to play in supporting access, quality and equality of health delivery. This note provides an overview of lessons from the evidence about how collaborative social accountability processes can strengthen cross-sector programs to delivery health. The note distinguishes different pathways to add value via collaborative social accountability: producing information, campaigning for accountability and programmatic problem-solving. The note underscores the potential of the latter approach to consider the full range of value additions of collaborative social accountability processes. …

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