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Citizen feedback mechanisms

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Mar

Improving Governance the participatory way

Public Affairs Centre undertook a unique Citizen Report Card survey of maternity homes, India Population Project (IPP) Centres and Urban Family Welfare Centres (UFWC) in partnership with five city based NGOs in 2000. A total of 500 patients and 77 staff of these facilities were interviewed. The purpose of the survey was to get corroborative evidence on the poor quality of services provided, and the widespread corruption in the maternity homes to strengthen the advocacy work of Civil Society Organisation …

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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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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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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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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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