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Citizen oversight mechanisms

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Apr

Choosing and engaging with citizen generated data- A guide

The past decades have seen the rise of many citizen-generated data (CGD) projects. A plethora of concepts and initiatives use CGD to achieve many goals, ranging from citizen science, citizen sensing, and environmental monitoring to participatory mapping, community-based monitoring, and community policing. This guide will help organisations understand if CGD is suitable for their proposed project as well as what type of data is appropriate for their needs. Each section of this guide is accompanied by examples if CGD examples. The guide summarizes experiences from extensive research, and draws inspiration from existing toolkits to recommend civic technologies, as well as the many existing toolkits for participatory mapping, citizen sensing, citizen science and other data-related activities.

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12

Mar

Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services

The ‘Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal,Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services’ project was funded through the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) program. The overall aim of the project was to improve maternal, newborn, child health, and nutrition (MNCHN) services, and specifically to achieve “Improved quantity and quality of Midwives and District Health Office’s Services for MNCHN” in the three districts. The project used World Vision’s ‘Citizen Voice and Action’ (CVA) approach. …

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28

Feb

Scaling Social Accountability: Evidence from Africa, Asia and the Caucasus

This publication is intended to share World Vision’s evidence of the impact of social accountability after 12 years investment in research and application across 48 countries, including 15 designated as fragile contexts/states. The evidence is drawn from studies undertaken by Oxford and Columbia Universities and more than a dozen independent mixed method evaluations across more than 10 countries.

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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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14

Dec

SEND-Ghana: experiences from giving Ghana’s government a place in the driver’s seat of our social accountability project

In the past two or more decades in Ghana, the perception among citizens that government was insensitive to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), particularly Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), in opening up spaces for engagement in governance was strong and continue to persist. On the other hand, CSOs/NGOs were seen as antagonistic in their approach to dealing with government and, even if they did engage, they were often oblivious of government processes and when and how to engage to make the expected impact. In this note, SEND-Ghana, an NGO with over a decade …

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