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What is the Role of Identity in Social Accountability Impact Evaluation?

By Blair Read As scholars and practitioners of social accountability (SAcc), we are aware that failure to govern accountably is a political problem. Interacting with, and learning from SAcc is inherently political, and local power holders have various political arrangements that extend beyond the design of nominally accountable institutions. While some institutions may be accountable on paper, discrimination against particular societal groups may diminish the accountability mechanisms for some citizens, but not for others. In particular, when studying political institutions, …

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The Role of Ombudsman Institution in Improving Public Service Delivery: The Case of Indonesia

By Danang Girindrawardana In May 2015 I was a panel speaker at the 2nd World Bank – International Ombudsman Institute Roundtable on the role of ombudsman institutions (OIs) in promoting citizen-centric governance and inclusive institutions. This was a great opportunity to share the experience of my office, the Ombudsman Republic of Indonesia (ORI) in promoting greater government accountability and also learn from other countries’ experiences presented by the other panelists The OIs come in various shapes and sizes, thus encompassing different …

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Moving towards a strategic approach to social accountability in post-conflict contexts: the Tuungane experience in Democratic Republic Congo

By Isatou Batonon, E-learning course participant   Organizations working on large-scale and complex recovery programs in post-conflict contexts tend to latch on to the tangible and the predictable whenever they can. This has been International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) experience implementing the Tuungane1 program in eastern Democratic Republic (DR) Congo, one of the largest community-driven reconstruction programs in the world. The UK government-funded program empowers communities by giving them greater voice and control over their own development and the ability to hold …

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“The right intention”: Setting up civic engagement platforms

By Fabrizio Scrollini “Por mi Barrio” (For my Borough-FMB) is a new initiative implemented in Montevideo, Uruguay by DATA Uruguay and that is based on the Fixmystreet software. FMB allows locals to report incidents to the local government turning this process open and transparent. I know what you are thinking: please not another post showing how technology “changes everything” while trumpeting the benefits of a particular software platform. Bear with me. I will do my best to avoid blatant self-promotion. …

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¿What do civic apps need to strengthen their ecosystem and promote social change?

By Marcio Vasconcelos Pinto Spanish The field of technologies for social change has been active for more than a decade. Organizations such as: My Society (2003), Open Knowledge (2004) and Sunlight Foundation (2006) have been the pioneers of this field. In Latin America, although the field is still emerging, there are several established initiatives such as Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente (Smart Citizen Foundation); communities such as Transparencia Hacker Brasil (Hacker Transparency Brazil) and Hacks Hacker Buenos Aires. Other initiatives, such as …

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