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Aug

Creating Space for Social Accountability: the Global Partnership for Social Accountability

Series: Are We Ready for Strategic Social Accountability? Authors: Florencia Guerzovich and Maria Poli Published by: The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Date: July 2014 This is the first note in a six-part series discussing whether the social accountability field is already primed with the knowledge and capabilities to design, implement, fund, and learn from strategic interventions. This note briefly presents the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). It explains why and how the GPSA’s application process assisted us …

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17

Jun

Manual for Trainers on Social Accountability

Published by: Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) Date: 2010 This toolkit on social accountability offers an introduction to basic concepts, theorical underpinnings, applications and barriers for implementing social accountability mechanisms. Many of the tools and methods it describes are illustrated by case studies mainly from the East Asia and Pacific region. It also provides a trainer’s guide to carry out capacity builiding activities (mentoring, coaching and exposure visits) and promote social accountability among …

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17

Jun

Participatory Budgeting: Citizen Participation for Better Public Policies

Author: Janet Oropeza Published by: Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación, and Evidence and Lessons from Latin America Date: 2011 Latin American countries pioneered participatory budgeting – an innovation to let citizens decide how public funds will be spent. First launched in Brazil in 1989, PB is now implemented in more than 2,500 local governments in 15 countries in the region. This brief analyses participatory budgeting experiences in Latin America and the factors underpinning success. Read more

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30

May

Transparency for what? The usefulness of publicly available budget information in African countries

Author: Rebecca Simson and Paolo de Renzio Published by: Overseas Development Institute and International Budget Partnership Date: 2013 This report analyses information released by top-performing governments in Africa to analyse what can really be learnt about how public money is being spent. It assesses whether the budget documents released by those governments are sufficiently comprehensive to answer basic questions about budget policy and performance. CSOs, donors, networks, and governments working on budget transparency and open government would likely benefit from …

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May

Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports: How Civil Society Can Use Budget Reports for Research and Advocacy

Authors: Vivek Ramkumar and Isaac Shapiro Published by: International Budget Partnership (IBP) This guide offers an overview of government budget implementation processes and provides practical, tested tools that can be used by civil society organizations interested in monitoring government expenditures. It describes in particular how civil society could use the eight key budget reports that governments should issue – the Pre-Budget Statement, Executive’s Budget Proposal, Citizens Budget, Enacted Budget, In-Year Reports, Mid-Year Review, Year-End Report, and Audit Report – for …

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How Can I Contribute to the Knowledge Platform

You may contribute to the Knowledge Platform in many different ways: you can send and disseminate your social accountability materials (toolkits, reports, videos, etc.) in the knowledge repository; you can contact, interact and collaborate with other peers and join a global community of social accountability practitioners; you can participate in the different learning and knowledge exchange activities of the GPSA KP such as online courses, thematic forums, webinars and blogs; and you can develop a partnership with the GPSA KP to implement collaborative knowledge activities.

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