Citizen feedback mechanisms

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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17

Feb

Uganda: Winning Human Resources for Health

While economic development will always have a prominent place in a nation’s planning, civil society organizations can help to ensure its pursuit does not push aside other social goals. Uganda’s Human Resources for Health (HRH) campaign, which won millions of dollars of new funding for health, provides a useful case study for how this can be done. The HRH campaign was the result of many different actors coalescing around the single goal of securing the resources needed to bolster staff …

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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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3

Feb

Using Technology to Claim Rights to Free Maternal Health Care: Lessons about Impact from the My Health, My Voice Pilot Project in India

My Health, My Voice is a human rights-based project that pilots the use of technology to monitor and display online data regarding informal payments for maternal health care in two districts of Uttar Pradesh, India. SAHAYOG, an organization based in Uttar Pradesh, partnered with a grassroots women’s forum to inform women about their entitlements, to publicize the project, and to implement a toll-free hotline where women could report health providers’ demands for informal payments. Between January 2012 and May 2013, …

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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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8

Dec

CSOs holding governments to account

This rapid review illustrates the range of interventions that Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are currently undertaking to increase government accountability. It summarises the interventions of over 30 different CSOs, operating in different sectors and across a range of contexts.

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13

Oct

Governance Practitioner’s Notebook: Alternative Ideas and Approaches

The Governance Practitioner’s Notebook takes an unusual approach for the OECD-DAC Network on Governance (GovNet). It brings together a collection of specially written notes aimed at those who work as governance practitioners within development agencies. It does so, however, without attempting to offer definitive guidance – instead aiming to stimulate thinking and debate. To aid this process the book is centred on a fictional Governance Adviser. The Notebook’s format provides space for experts to speak on today’s governance issues: politics, …

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13

Oct

The Process of Interaction between Civil Society and Government to make more transparent public management of Water and Sanitation in Mexico City [Spanish]

This study aimed at showing the characteristics, evolution and results of a process in which it was clear that there is an interest from citizens to participate to decision making and to carry on social accountability activities. This study is available in Spanish.   Proceso de interacción entre sociedad civil y gobierno para transparentar la gestión pública de los servicios de agua y saneamiento en el Distrito Federal El propósito de este estudio fue mostrar las características, evolución y resultados …

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13

Oct

Participation of non-organized society. Citizen complaint systems and their impact on society-state relations [Spanish]

There is a vast area of direct relationships between government and citizens who do not receive attention as participation mechanisms: citizen complaint systems. The hypothesis is that these systems respond to an “import” models of private management in the provision of services, strengthening of public institutions aimed at protecting the rights of citizenship, and an old pattern of state-society relations based on the request to the leaders like subjects and not as citizens. These three matrixs generate various responses in …

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30

Sep

Deepening Democracy in Myanmar: What role for public financial management in deepening social accountability and promoting legitimate governance?

This discussion paper outlines some of the challenges and opportunities for public financial management (PFM) reform in contributing to deeper social accountability and legitimate governance in the context of Myanmar’s wider decentralization and peace process. The paper poses a set of key questions for development actors to consider as they seek to support inclusive reform in Myanmar.

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