All posts by Marine

12

Mar'19

Indonesia: How social accountability changed power dynamics and strengthened the health system

“People who never speak, speak. Through Citizen Voice and Action, they dare to speak up about the things that need to be improved.” (Mother, Timor Tengah Utara, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia) This is among comments shared with evaluators of the first Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) project in Indonesia. Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services was implemented by Wahana Visi from 2013 to 2018 and aimed at …

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12

Mar'19

Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services

The ‘Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal,Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services’ project was funded through the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) program. The overall aim of the project was to improve maternal, newborn, child health, and nutrition (MNCHN) services, and specifically to achieve “Improved quantity and quality of Midwives and District Health Office’s Services for MNCHN” in the three districts. The project used World Vision’s ‘Citizen Voice and Action’ (CVA) approach. …

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28

Feb'19

Scaling Social Accountability: Evidence from Africa, Asia and the Caucasus

This publication is intended to share World Vision’s evidence of the impact of social accountability after 12 years investment in research and application across 48 countries, including 15 designated as fragile contexts/states. The evidence is drawn from studies undertaken by Oxford and Columbia Universities and more than a dozen independent mixed method evaluations across more than 10 countries.

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09

Jan'19

Social Audit in 20 Steps: Lessons Learned from Fighting Corruption in Guatemala, Peru and Ghana

Social audit is a powerful social accountability tool. It has led to the conviction of public officials for violating the right to information law in Guatemala, a 50 per cent reduction in the costs of public construction works in Peru, and cancelling an illegal education fee in Ghana. Social audit scrutinises public officials’ decisions and/or actions, looking for administrative or financial irregularities. It seeks to uncover discrepancies by comparing public documents, processes or services with how they should be. It …

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20

Dec'18

HOW DOES SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY HELP RESOLVE THE LEARNING CRISIS?

In the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, countries committed to ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. Three years later, the 2018 World Development Report warns that education globally is in a crisis. Learning outcomes remain poor, schools are failing learners, and systems are failing­ schools.­ The­ WDR ­identifes­ policy ­actions to turn around the learning crisis. The 2017-18 Global Education Monitoring Report calls for broad based engagement of stakeholders to increase accountability in education policy and service. This­ document ­aims ­to­ briefly­ present­ pathways that can …

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14

Dec'18

SEND-Ghana: experiences from giving Ghana’s government a place in the driver’s seat of our social accountability project

In the past two or more decades in Ghana, the perception among citizens that government was insensitive to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), particularly Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), in opening up spaces for engagement in governance was strong and continue to persist. On the other hand, CSOs/NGOs were seen as antagonistic in their approach to dealing with government and, even if they did engage, they were often oblivious of government processes and when and how to engage to make the expected impact. In this note, SEND-Ghana, an NGO with over a decade …

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12

Dec'18

What are we learning about collaborative citizen engagement in anticorruption?

By Florencia Guerzovich1 and Paula Chies Schommer2 In 2014, we were in Southern Brazil researching how state and civil society actors worked together to monitor municipal contracts. Volunteers explained that they had received assistance from the Office of the General Comptroller at the Federal level (CGU) through the Olho Vivo no Dinheiro Público (in Portuguese, or “Keeping an Eye on Public Money”) – a program conceived in Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, to empower citizens to monitor the use of federal …

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13

Nov'18

GPSA Global Partners Forum 2018 Resources and Takeaways

  The fifth edition of the Global Partners Forum of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability took place from October 30 to November 1st 2018 in Washington. This year, the GPSA Global Partners Network, which includes practitioners and thought leaders across civil society, governments, academia and business, alongside World Bank staff, seeked to better understand how countries’ public finances can be more effectively used to invest in improving people’s wellbeing and productivity , and how citizens and Civil Society organizations …

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04

Oct'18

The management of the Knowledge Platform passes to the GPSA

Dear GPSA Knowledge Platform friends, After more than four years, and thanks to our 4,500 members, who actively and regularly contribute to its activities, materials, reflections, and news and events, the GPSA Knowledge Platform has become a very dynamic knowledge exchange and networking platform. Together with all of you, we have organized and participated in 42 webinars, 11 expert e-forums and one e-learning course, and we have published 38 blog posts and many other social accountability stories from around the …

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27

Sep'18

Facilitating pause & reflect

Pausing and reflecting on a regular basis helps us to identify what’s working and what needs adapting and it allows us to consider the impact of changes in the operating environment or context. This toolkit from USAID provides some approaches for facilitating pause and reflection.

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