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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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          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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