GPSA Knowledge Platform


How could Civil Society collaborate with Public Oversight Institutions to advance Social Accountability?

    By Gilbert Sendugwa  During the GPSA grantees workshop, held in Washington in May 2014, participants brainstormed about how collaborating with public oversight agencies such as Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and Ombudsman’s Offices can complement the social accountability efforts led by CSOs within their respective GPSA projects. There was consensus about the need for further exploration of this topic given that most civil society organizations had had limited or no collaboration with public oversight agencies to advance accountability. Concerning the interaction with …

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    Four ways in which a good theory of change can help your social accountability work

      By Duncan Green  Theories of change (ToCs) are a bit of a development fuzzword at the moment, used in lots of different and sometimes baffling ways. But Oxfam finds ToCs extremely useful, provided they address issues of power and politics, avoid linear ‘logframe on steroids’ or exclusively technical approaches, and embrace the messy realities of the world in which we are trying to support the search for social accountability. Here are four ways in which they can help. Exploring the context, …

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      Ombudsman Institutions: Bridging the Citizen-Government Gap

        By Marcos Mendiburu  How can Governments foster citizen engagement and public trust? One answer is Ombudsman Institutions, which can be a key vehicle to amplify citizen voice and make government open and inclusive. On July 2-3, 2014 I attended the Regional Asian Ombudsman Association (AOA) Conference which showcased various approaches that countries are using to increase citizen voice and enhance government accountability. Stressing the importance of the Ombudsman neutrality and impartiality, Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman of Ireland stated that “You Ombudsman Office …

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        Social accountability through GPSA projects – making the ‘magic’ happen

          The GPSA seems to have developed a well thought-out approach for strategic social accountability, by 1) making sure the selected grantees have what it takes (and they certainly do!) to implement social accountability projects in their countries; and 2) creating the necessary conditions for learning and development through the GPSA’s Knowledge Component. Both seem fairly straightforward at glance. However, as we proceeded in our deliberations during the workshop and heard some of the other participants, I realised that our projects …

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          The GPSA Knowledge Platform: A Space for Social Accountability Learning and Sharing

            Author: Miguel Pulido Over the last few years we in Fundar have watched excitedly as more and more citizens find their voice, and are listened to, through the growing number of social accountability initiatives. Today, governments increasingly understand that citizen feedback is not only good for citizens, but it is good for government too. Donors are more prepared to support this work, academics are undertaking more research, and CSOs and citizens are refining the tools and methods. Yet, despite all …

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            How Can I Contribute to the Knowledge Platform

            You may contribute to the Knowledge Platform in many different ways: you can send and disseminate your social accountability materials (toolkits, reports, videos, etc.) in the knowledge repository; you can contact, interact and collaborate with other peers and join a global community of social accountability practitioners; you can participate in the different learning and knowledge exchange activities of the GPSA KP such as online courses, thematic forums, webinars and blogs; and you can develop a partnership with the GPSA KP to implement collaborative knowledge activities.

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