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

Florencia Guerzovich

    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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    COVID-19: A chance to empower citizens through social protection

    Kathryn Taetzsch and Sue Cant

      This blog post is being cross-published by World Vision. Billions are now being distributed to citizens by governments1 to stave off rising poverty from COVID-19. The unprecedented pandemic demands an unprecedented government response. More than 126 countries have already introduced or adapted social protection or labour policies to assist those in need. The World Bank, which has played a key role in building infant social protection systems in many developing countries, has urged countries, including Bangladesh, to increase safety nets …

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      Problem solving before teeth: welcome to the realm of local politicians and the bureaucracy (Part 3)

      Florencia Guerzovich

        This blog post series is an invitation to consider how we might get unstuck. We need new narratives of social accountability for service delivery.  In a previous blog post I explained why many colleagues seem frustrated with current frameworks that fail to tell what we collectively are doing to lever participation for service delivery, i.e. the everyday politics of accountability. As a consequence, much about what we do is left un-said. We need to make this practice glamorous like never …

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        What do we need to close the gap between what social accountability looks like in 2020 and how we talk about it? (Part 2B)

        Florencia Guerzovich

          Many in the social accountability practice feel stuck in the middle of debates that do not reflect the way they go about their efforts. In a recent event, a diverse group of colleagues discussed why we do not talk about what we do. Here are additional insights from the conversation. The spotlight is on some of the enabling factors that could help us to move forward: collective narratives, a new shared language, meaningful indicators, realistic benchmarks, and as importantly, spaces …

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          Conquering our blind spots: Glamorizing the everyday politics of accountability (Part 1)

          Florencia Guerzovich

            News flash for you! There is untapped energy to glamorize social accountability’s daily work – the everyday politics of accountability for service delivery. This blog post series is a call for bridging the gap between theory and practice. We need to act quickly on untapped energy to write social accountability’s next chapter. Are you up for the challenge 2020? We have blind spots about what social accountability spends most of its time on. Our attention is disproportionately focused on  portrayals …

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            Ask citizens what they want, and other lessons from I Am Aware’s Ghana program

            Pat Scheid

              This blog was originally published in Hewlett.org. In Ghana, the Center for Democratic Development’s I Am Aware program provides information to citizens about the quality of health, education, water and sanitation, roads, security and governance in 216 districts. We’re privileged to support the program with a grant from our Transparency, Participation, and Accountability strategy that focuses on service-delivery monitoring, and recently had a chance to learn with the program’s leaders from an independent evaluation about their work. Among the findings: …

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              On learning about transparency & accountability: greater imagination is needed (Part 2)

              Florencia Guerzovich

                The findings of the Transparency for Development project (T4D) reopened a debate about the offerings of transparency accountability and participation (see my first post). In this post, I want to focus on actions we can take to move the debate forward, for those who are interested in the T4D proposition: transparency, accountability and participation as a means towards improved service delivery: Use Available research and evaluations  to Inform Operational Rules of Thumb Broaden the Focus of the Research Agenda Foster …

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                On learning about transparency & accountability… and how to move this debate forward (Part 1)

                Florencia Guerzovich

                  Let me tell you a story about transparency, accountability & evidence. In January 2012, I landed in London at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative. My first task: supporting the development of a rigorous multi‐year research proposal on the impact of transparency and accountability interventions. The goal was to inform future T&A grant-making with stronger evidence. In my inbox were dozens of proposals for funding the ambitious project. If a proposal was funded, the project would be co-financed by the Bill …

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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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