Citizen oversight mechanisms

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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24

Nov

A Guide to Conducting Social Audits in South Africa

This guide is for community activists and organized civil society interested in conducting social audits in South Africa. It aims to help these groups think about, conduct, and reflect on social audits. The guide may also be of use to other stakeholders (such as government) that want to better understand a process they may be requested to participate in. The guide can be used by civil society organizations wishing to conduct a social audit, or adapted to train community members or civil …

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23

Nov

E-guide on Engaging Citizens in the Audit Process

The e-guide on Participatory Audit (www.e-participatoryaudit.org) is a live and practical document to guide and inform Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and the public at large about the challenges and benefits of engagement, as well as on how to engage. The guide is split into four interlinked thematic modules, throughout which readers will find valuable tools and strategies to promote public participation in the audit process. These key points are based on evidence from international experience and …

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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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24

Sep

Case studies from the Governance and Transparency Fund programme

This compendium of case studies has been developed to give in depth insight into some experiences as well as share lessons from implementing the Governance and Transparency Fund programme, implemented by  WaterAid, in collaboration with the Freshwater Action Network, and funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development. The cases cover a broad range of issues including the use of media, public expenditure monitoring or addressing corruption.

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24

Sep

Governance and Transparency Fund programme

This series of handbooks focusses on the challenges of creating strong community-based organisations, power analysis, the role of networks in delivering better governance, how to engage successfully with stakeholders and how to improve governance and make it sustainable. The handbooks are available in English, French and Spanish.

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