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

Alexis Banks

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

    Sue Cant

      “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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      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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        Beyond the tools: Participatory power analysis as the missing ingredient in local governance programming

        Rebecca Haines

          This blog post was originally published in CARE Insights on August 1st, 2018. LOGIN is a learning and knowledge-sharing network that aims to support the ongoing decentralisation processes of countries in Asia, toward effective and responsive local governments. To date, LOGIN’s membership spans 12 Asian countries and includes elected representatives, training institutions, think tanks, government departments, and local and international NGOs, among others. Participants in the study tour were able to compare and contrast Bangladesh’s ambitious legal framework for citizen …

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          Making Budgets work for Gender Equality in Ethiopia

          Lucia Nass

            Despite strong legal frameworks for gender equality, Ethiopian women still have a lot of catching up to do. They occupy a low status in society and their developmental outcomes are still well below those of men. Ethiopia has started to support Gender Responsive Budging (GRB), but is this creating the desired effect on gender equality? The Ethiopia Social Accountability Program phase 2 (ESAP2) introduced GRB tool in almost a quarter of Ethiopia’s 1000 districts across five public services: education, health, …

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