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Stock-take of the stock-taking: eight somewhat left-field observations on social accountability

Dieter Zinnbauer

    Given the enormous popularity of social accountability initiatives (SAcc) and the proliferation of excellent empirical syntheses on the topic that have been produced over the last few years, it may be a good time for taking stock of some of the stock-taking. This is the idea behind a new working paper I just published in the Social Science Research Network. It aims to distil and critically annotate some of the main insights from the evidence reviews already in existence, identify …

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    Bridging the Gap: The Role of Local Churches in Fostering Local-Level Social Accountability and Governance

    Joanna Watson and Lucie Woolley

      Local churches are not about the buildings, but about the people who are members of their congregations. These people are integral to, and embedded into, the communities they serve. At their best, churches are places of radical community, where everyone is welcome and relationships are formed across social barriers. They can be safe spaces where people talk to different groups in an environment that promotes trust and understanding. Tearfund is a Christian international NGO, working to combat poverty in over …

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      Limitations to develop a culture of transparency in the public sector

      Carolina Maturana Zúñiga

        Limitations to develop a culture of transparency in the public sector Transparency and access to information are not only human rights, but also means to allow citizens to know and monitor what their government is doing. But, what are some hindrances to develop an effective culture of transparency in the public sector? Using data from the National Study of Public Servants, held by the Consejo para la Transparencia in Chile (Council for Transparency)1, we explored the role of the bureaucratic …

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        The Must Needed Connection: the Open Government Partnership’s Way Forward

        Haydeé Pérez Garrido

          In 2011, the Mexican Federal Institute for Access to Public Information and Data Protection, back then IFAI, invited a group of civil society organizations –including Fundar– to work in a new initiative called the Open Government Partnership. We were asked to make proposals of commitments for the Mexican First Action Plan. I personally decided that a project of dialogue and interaction between civil society, the private sector, and the government could become a powerful platform for significant progress in transparency, …

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          Social Accountability vs. Government Monitoring: The Search for Effective Strategies to Reduce Corruption in Maternal Health Service Provision. The experience of My Health, My Voice in Uttar Pradesh, India

          Marta Schaaf, YK Sandhya, Pravesh Verma, and Zoe Stopak-Behr

            Citizens of many countries low and middle income are routinely asked to make informal payments for health services. Both government and civil society-led monitoring have been used to reduce the prevalence of informal payments.  There are pluses and minuses to each approach. In judging the relative benefits and drawbacks of civil society versus government-led monitoring, there are several issues to consider.  Some include: – the potential risks and protections for those who report corruption, – whether or not the government …

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