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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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    Political Economy Analysis – A step forward for social accountability and development, or three steps back?
    Part II

    Colm Allan

      In a previous post, I argued that mainstream PEA has limited our understanding of how to achieve better governance and development outcomes. In part, this limitation arises from their Public Choice Theory (PCT) premises, which assume that all individuals and their decisions are motivated by incentives or expected payoffs; positive incentives reward those who comply with institutional rules and negative incentives punish those who don’t. What mainstream PEA offers, then, is a focus on how politicians, bureaucrats and civil society …

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      A Start-up of Social Accountability in Myanmar

      Thiha Ko Ko

        Oxfam has been working to promote social accountability and good governance with local civil society organisations in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy region since 2012. What started off as a cautious approach to building the capacity of community based organisations, has expanded over the years to fill the growing political space and Oxfam has partnered with local organisations and local authorities to exploit these systemic changes and use the space to connect local authorities with peoples’ concerns. It has been challenging to introduce …

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        “ACT NOW TO SAVE MOTHERS” The power of participation

        Jillian Larsen

          Pregnancy should be a time of great joy. But for many women in Uganda, who risk death or serious disability due to low-quality health services, it can also be a time of great peril. According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, 438 Ugandan women die for every 100,000 live births in the country. This figure compares to 140 per 100,000 in South Africa and just four in Norway. White Ribbon Alliance Uganda (WRA) has spent years working to …

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          A Grassroots Perspective on Thinking and Working Politically

          Aaron Azelton

            There is growing evidence that supports the need to do development differently by thinking and working politically. This refrain is intensifying and fueling efforts by donors, practitioners and local partners to put this emerging approach into practice. Political economy analysis (PEA) is a favored technique to inform thinking politically. It is becoming widely used by donors to develop country strategies and by practitioners to plan programs. But understanding the politics of change is only one part of the equation. Changing …

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