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Jul'19

Best Practices in Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight Capacity for Rights-based Public Resources Management in Health (SRHR) and Agriculture (food security) in southern Africa

This report documents and analyses key approaches undertaken by the Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance in each of its four target countries (Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) during the first phase (2016-2019) of its regional project. PSA Alliance consortium member SAfAIDS utilised its comprehensive best practice documentation methodology to assess one intervention in each of the four countries. Recognising the innovative design of the project, the exercise sought to draw upon and deliberate ‘what works’ and what the ‘picture of …

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09

Jul'19

Expanding Civil Society Contributions to the Governance Agendas of Sustainable Development Goals and International Financial Institutions

PTF has released Expanding Civil Society Contributions to the Governance Agendas of Sustainable Development Goals and International Financial Institutions as a resource to understand the potential contribution of civil society and provide recommendations for how it can be realized. The report examines the various roles CSOs play in improving government transparency, accountability and inclusiveness and controlling corruption, reviewing the evidence on what works and what does not. It presents analysis and evidence-driven recommendations to accelerate progress. In particular, the report highlights the …

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09

Jul'19

Strengthening Voice and Social Accountability through Social Labs – An Interview with a Malawian Leader

Interview with Charles Kajoloweka, Founder and Executive Director of Youth and Society (YAS) in Malawi, edited by Alexis Banks, Root Change “We need the local people themselves to prescribe solutions to the problems they’re facing, and they must be able to lead in testing and implementing those solutions.” Charles Kajoloweka, Founder and Executive Director of Youth and Society (YAS) in Malawi. The importance of locally led development efforts is widely acknowledged in the sector, but examples of local community members …

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21

May'19

Power to the people?: Learning from the case of Citizen Voice and Action

Failures in essential public services persist where citizens cannot influence layers of policy decision-making and implementation needed for functioning services. Resigned to low policy influence, citizens disengage. Disengagement enables politicians and service providers to neglect core duties to fund and provide acceptable services. Repeated cycles of these processes destroy constructive relationships and expectations essential for mutual accountability, eventually producing accountability traps. To advance our understanding of these real-world traps, this thesis investigates instances of such traps in health and education …

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23

Apr'19

GPSA Launches 4th Call for Proposals

Application deadline: May 15, 2019 On April 17, 2019 the Global Partnership for Social Accountability launched its fourth global Call for Proposals to support social accountability initiatives led by civil society organizations (CSOs) for collaboration with government institutions. Under the over-arching theme of “Innovative and Transformative Use of Social Accountability to Solve Governance and Development Challenges”, CSOs from the following countries are invited to apply: Benin Brazil The Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint …

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19

Apr'19

Choosing and engaging with citizen generated data- A guide

By the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

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19

Apr'19

Choosing and engaging with citizen generated data- A guide

The past decades have seen the rise of many citizen-generated data (CGD) projects. A plethora of concepts and initiatives use CGD to achieve many goals, ranging from citizen science, citizen sensing, and environmental monitoring to participatory mapping, community-based monitoring, and community policing. This guide will help organisations understand if CGD is suitable for their proposed project as well as what type of data is appropriate for their needs. Each section of this guide is accompanied by examples if CGD examples. The guide summarizes experiences from extensive research, and draws inspiration from existing toolkits to recommend civic technologies, as well as the many existing toolkits for participatory mapping, citizen sensing, citizen science and other data-related activities.

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