Escaparate

10

Sep

[SPANISH] Prácticas de buen gobierno en la República Dominicana

Fundación Intermón Oxfam, a non-governmental organization focusing on poverty and human rights, received a GPSA grant to strengthen the transparency and accountability of government services in the Dominican Republic. The grant intended to help CSOs and citizens participate in the national budget process, and in the budgets and services of water, sanitation, education, and agriculture. This grant supported three components aiming to: 1) establish a macro-level “observatory” permitting CSOs and citizens to analyze, monitor, and provide feedback on the national …

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9

Sep

JOURNEY FOR ADVANCEMENT FOR TRANSPARENCY, REPRESENTATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The Journey for Advancement for Transparency, Representation and Accountability (JATRA) project was implemented by CARE Bangladesh with a GPSA grant to strengthen participatory governance processes in the public finance management systems of 15 Union Parishads in Nilphamari and Gaibandha districts of Northwest Bangladesh so that they are more transparent and accountable. The efforts under JATRA project were geared towards capacitating poor and marginalised citizens to participate in key decision making spaces. Simultaneously there were efforts to get the public finance …

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21

May

Power to the people?: Learning from the case of Citizen Voice and Action

Failures in essential public services persist where citizens cannot influence layers of policy decision-making and implementation needed for functioning services. Resigned to low policy influence, citizens disengage. Disengagement enables politicians and service providers to neglect core duties to fund and provide acceptable services. Repeated cycles of these processes destroy constructive relationships and expectations essential for mutual accountability, eventually producing accountability traps. To advance our understanding of these real-world traps, this thesis investigates instances of such traps in health and education …

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19

Apr

Choosing and engaging with citizen generated data- A guide

The past decades have seen the rise of many citizen-generated data (CGD) projects. A plethora of concepts and initiatives use CGD to achieve many goals, ranging from citizen science, citizen sensing, and environmental monitoring to participatory mapping, community-based monitoring, and community policing. This guide will help organisations understand if CGD is suitable for their proposed project as well as what type of data is appropriate for their needs. Each section of this guide is accompanied by examples if CGD examples. The guide summarizes experiences from extensive research, and draws inspiration from existing toolkits to recommend civic technologies, as well as the many existing toolkits for participatory mapping, citizen sensing, citizen science and other data-related activities.

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20

Dec

HOW DOES SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY HELP RESOLVE THE LEARNING CRISIS?

In the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, countries committed to ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. Three years later, the 2018 World Development Report warns that education globally is in a crisis. Learning outcomes remain poor, schools are failing learners, and systems are failing­ schools.­ The­ WDR ­identifes­ policy ­actions to turn around the learning crisis. The 2017-18 Global Education Monitoring Report calls for broad based engagement of stakeholders to increase accountability in education policy and service. This­ document ­aims ­to­ briefly­ present­ pathways that can …

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14

Dec

SEND-Ghana: experiences from giving Ghana’s government a place in the driver’s seat of our social accountability project

In the past two or more decades in Ghana, the perception among citizens that government was insensitive to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), particularly Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), in opening up spaces for engagement in governance was strong and continue to persist. On the other hand, CSOs/NGOs were seen as antagonistic in their approach to dealing with government and, even if they did engage, they were often oblivious of government processes and when and how to engage to make the expected impact. In this note, SEND-Ghana, an NGO with over a decade …

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19

Apr

GPSA Note: ‘Learning journeys’ for adaptive management – Where does it take us?

Learning-by-doing and adaptation happens all the time at the frontline, and as a means of survival. So how can it be reflcted across the sector as a whole – from individual citizen through to international donor through adaptive management?

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18

Jan

The Knowledge Platform: Where we are and what we’ve learnt

In this GPSA Note, Fundar discusses their experience designing, implementing and managing the Knowledge Platform – an online social space that provides members with the opportunity to interact, network, share knowledge and learning in the fild of social accountability- including some of the most important lessons learned which might be relevant to those designing similar platforms.

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23

Sep

Taking Accountability to Scale: A Discussion of Collaboration Between GPSA-Supported Projects and Accountability Institutions

Engagement between accountability institutions (AIs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) is an important dimension in the theory of change of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). According to the GPSA’s theory of change, AIs and CSOs, by working together, can benefit and strengthen each other and contribute to government accountability. But what does this approach look like in practice? What initiatives are being implemented under GPSA-supported projects and how? This note takes a look at the efforts being made …

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4

May

Does collaboration with civil society strengthen accountability institutions? An exploration

Authors: Carolina Cornejo and Marcos Mendiburu Published by: the GPSA Date: May 2015 How citizens interact and collaborate with accountability institutions has been the subject of much careful review in recent years. This note highlights key points from the discussion. But first, perhaps we should clarify what we mean by “accountability institutions.” Accountability Institutions (AIs) include anti-corruption bodies, supreme audit institutions (SAIs), ombudsman institutions (OIs) and human rights commissions. This note will focus on OIs and SAIs which may differ …

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