Citizen oversight mechanisms

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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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May

Institutionalising Citizen Participation in Urban Governance

Author: Dr. Kaustuv Kanti Bandyopadhyay, Bhavita Vaishnava Published by: Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) Date: 2013 This brief from PRIA offers interesting insights on citizen participation in urban governance. It analyses the Theory of Change and describes the impacts that citizen participation can have on strengthening local governance. It also describes the challenges that participation mechanisms might face when including citizens in urban governance, as well as several lessons learned on the values and principles of citizen participation and the pre-conditions …

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28

Apr

How Civil Society Organizations Close the Gap between Transparency and Accountability

Based on a set of 21 case studies commissioned by the IBP, this research paper argues that CSOs play a more important role in bridging the gap between transparency and accountability than the literature recognizes. Some authors mention a partial role for CSOs in the transparency-accountability equation, however, none of them discuss the diverse and strategic ways in which CSOs can make up for the deficiencies of formal oversight actors and thus lubricate the gears of the accountability system. This …

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1

Apr

Strengthening Parliamentary Accountability, Citizen Engagement and Access to Information: A Global Survey of Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations

This report explores how Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations (PMO) can leverage online and offline strategies to make legislative information of greater social and political utility. The report focuses on Latin America, but provides inferences that travel across regions. It highlights context-based constraints and identifies PMO strategies that help foster engagement, participation, learning, and political accountability http://www.ndi.org/files/governance-parliamentary-monitoring-organizations-survey-september-2011.pdf

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1

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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1

Apr

Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Really Say?

This presentation discusses social accountability impacts and the lessons learned that the evidence offers on social accountability approaches. It makes a review of what works in terms of social accountability initiatives and why. It also describes the “next generation” challenges and the next steps for pro-accountability governance and reform.

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26

Mar

Vertically Integrated Policy Monitoring: A Tool for Civil Society Policy Advocacy

This article describes to what extent vertical integration in public policy monitoring is crucial to strengthen civil society advocacy strategies. The author defines vertical integration as the systematic and coordinated monitoring of the performance of public policies and elite actors at all the levels of decision making: local, national and transnational levels. It allows civil society to better identify the issues that prevent public decision making from reaching its objectives, which helps civil society to target its strategies more precisely. …

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