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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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              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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