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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22

Jul

Best Practices in Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight Capacity for Rights-based Public Resources Management in Health (SRHR) and Agriculture (food security) in southern Africa

This report documents and analyses key approaches undertaken by the Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance in each of its four target countries (Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) during the first phase (2016-2019) of its regional project. PSA Alliance consortium member SAfAIDS utilised its comprehensive best practice documentation methodology to assess one intervention in each of the four countries. Recognising the innovative design of the project, the exercise sought to draw upon and deliberate ‘what works’ and what the ‘picture of …

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9

Jan

Social Audit in 20 Steps: Lessons Learned from Fighting Corruption in Guatemala, Peru and Ghana

Social audit is a powerful social accountability tool. It has led to the conviction of public officials for violating the right to information law in Guatemala, a 50 per cent reduction in the costs of public construction works in Peru, and cancelling an illegal education fee in Ghana. Social audit scrutinises public officials’ decisions and/or actions, looking for administrative or financial irregularities. It seeks to uncover discrepancies by comparing public documents, processes or services with how they should be. It …

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9

Jul

Gender-Responsive Budgeting in Ethiopia’s Country-wide Social Accountability Program

Gender-responsive budgeting determines budget content based on inclusive policy processes that require wide stakeholder participation. The Ethiopia Social Accountability Program (ESAP) provided an opportunity to introduce a community-based gender-responsive budgeting tool in almost a quarter of Ethiopia’s woredas (districts) across five public services: education, health, water, agriculture, and rural roads. The program guided over 110 local organizations to help communities assess the standards and budgets of basic services they received, prioritize necessary improvement, engage in dialogue with service providers and local government, and realize the agreed …

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10

Aug

The current state of transparency and participation in public finance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Transparent and participatory PFM systems are integral to good public financial management.  Budget transparency has improved over time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as reflected in the country’s ranking on the latest Open Budget Index (OBI) by the International Budget Partnership (IBP). Despite these developments, the DRC remains in the group of countries that publish limited budget information and provide very few opportunities for participation. This report evaluates progress made in improving budget transparency and participation since the …

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19

Jul

Making Politics Work for Development: Harnessing transparency and citizen engagement

Too often, government leaders fail to adopt and implement policies that they know are necessary for sustained economic development. Political constraints can prevent leaders from following sound technical advice, even when leaders have the best of intentions. Making Politics Work for Development: Harnessing Transparency and Citizen Engagement focuses on two forces—citizen engagement and transparency—that hold the key to solving government failures by shaping how political markets function.

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14

Jul

Battling a Cancer: Tackling Corruption in Peru

From 2000 to 2009, Peru’s justice system successfully prosecuted former president Alberto Fujimori and other high-level public officials for acts of corruption committed during the previous decade. But the country’s judicial institutions struggled to curb newer corruption networks that were operating with impunity throughout the country. Because the networks had penetrated the justice system itself, it was increasingly difficult to prosecute—let alone convict—people who had participated in briberies, kickbacks, or other schemes. In the 2011 presidential election, Ollanta Humala, whose …

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17

Feb

Uganda: Aligning Local and National Concern for Maternal Health

Pregnancy should be a time of great joy. But for 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. The White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) Uganda has spent years working to …

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3

Feb

Opening Governance

Open government and open data are new areas of research, advocacy and activism that have entered the governance field alongside the more established areas of transparency and accountability. In this IDS Bulletin, articles review recent scholarship to pinpoint contributions to more open, transparent, accountable and responsive governance via improved practice, projects and programmes in the context of the ideas, relationships, processes, behaviours, policy frameworks and aid funding practices of the last five years. They also discuss questions and weaknesses that …

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8

Dec

Follow the Money

This interactive map by ONE, allows the user to explore stories from communities who have used open data to follow public money and change lives. It invites other users to add their stories to the map as well.

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