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

    Colm Allan

      Political Economy Analysis (PEA) is the latest buzz concept in social accountability (SAcc) circles and in development policy. Donors are all rushing to apply it to their programming. Civil society groups are clamouring to include it in their funding proposals. But what is it? And how does it take governance and development practice forward? My concern is that it may not. It may in fact detract from a systemic focus, which is needed to solve governance and development challenges. Let’s …

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      Youth Infomediaries: agents of accountability for the SDGs

      Victoria Forsgate

        As the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were being launched last September, Heads of State and Government made a commitment to “accountability to our citizens” in the implementation of this new agenda. In 2016, when we talk about citizens, we’re mainly talking about young people: the 3.5 billion people on the planet who are under 30 years old. The problem is that most of the current proposals on “follow-up and review” for the SDGs reduce young people’s role to volunteering …

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        Towards Greater Accountability in the Water Sector in Mexico

        Maylí Consuelo Sepúlveda Toledo

          Este artículo también esta disponible en Español While searching for information regarding a government program on water waste treatment, we decided to review the audit reports of physical investments of Mexico’s Supreme Audit Institution (Auditoría Superior de la Federación – ASF). We were surprised: we expected to find very complex documents, however -despite their technical language- they turned out to be no more difficult to read than budget information. We also realized that these documents could be an important source …

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          Engaging citizens as a means to improve education: the experience of public hearings in Moldova

          Victoria Vlad

            Over the years, the education sector in Moldova has witnessed uneven quality and a lack of efficiency. In 2011 the Government of Moldova initiated a difficult but vital reform program aimed to improve the quality and efficiency of the education sector. “Scoala Mea” initiative comes to support the education reform. The project’s mission is to involve citizens, together with authorities in creating efficient, transparent and better schools. It was launched in 2014, by the Independent Think-Tank Expert-Grup and its regional …

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