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Citizen feedback mechanisms

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May

Using Evidence to Establish Accountability

Authors: Anna Schnell, Erika Coetzee Published by: ActionAid – Denmark (PRIA) This toolkit provides an analytical framework for understanding accountability relationships between the state and its citizens. It focuses on how NGOs and CSOs can hold state institutions, service providers and duty bearers to account, using an evidence-based approach and incorporating a range of social accountability tools and methods. The focus of the Sourcebook is on the state, especially at the local government level, and its role as a service …

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May

Institutionalisation of Social Accountability in Urban Governance

Author: Dr. Kaustuv Kanti Bandyopadhyay, Bhavita Vaishnava Published by: Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) Date: 2013 This brief shows how social accountability mechanisms strengthen urban governance reforms. It makes an assessment of an initiative implemented by PRIA in Bangladesh and Cambodia from 2011 to 2013 called Deepening Local Democratic Governance through Social Accountability in Asia. This initiative implemented social accountability tools, such as citizen report cards, pro-active information disclosure, citizen charters and public grievance redressal systems, among other things. This …

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Apr

Citizen Participation in Evaluating Health Services: The Latin American Experience

Throughout Latin America, civil society groups are using report cards as a tool to gather citizen feedback on the quality and coverage of public services. This Brief focuses on the use of report cards to assess health services, in particular. Through these report card exercises, civil society has been able to highlight problems citizens face in accessing quality health care, such as lack of medical supplies or personnel, or long waiting times to see a physician. By then bringing these findings before public health agencies and the media, citizens have succeeded in achieving concrete improvements in both health care access and quality.

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Apr

Citizen Participation in Latin America Innovations to Strengthen Governance

Latin American citizen participation initiatives, promoted both by governments and civil society, have sought to strengthen governance, enhance accountability and control, and improve social justice, ensuring that governments’ funds and policies address relevant social issues and benefit socially excluded groups. This Guide presents some of the key citizen participation initiatives in the region, lessons learned and the contextual factors enabling them. http://www.fundar.org.mx/mexico/pdf/Guide-CitizenParticipationinLatinAmericaInnovationstoStrengthenGovernance.pdf

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Apr

Technologies for Transparency and Accountability: Implications for ICT Policy and Implementation

This report focuses on analyzing the conditions under which new technologies can enhance delivery of public services through improved accountability and transparency. It examines the linkages between the use of innovations in technology, increased accountability and the effects on the delivery of public services. Specifically, the paper investigates the role that the combination of social media, geo-mapping and various technology platforms can play in this process. It is illustrated by many examples from very diverse countries. http://es.scribd.com/doc/75642405/Technologies-for-Transparency-and-Accountability-Implications-for-ICT-Policy-and-Recommendations

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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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