Multi-stakeholder engagement

9

Sep

JOURNEY FOR ADVANCEMENT FOR TRANSPARENCY, REPRESENTATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The Journey for Advancement for Transparency, Representation and Accountability (JATRA) project was implemented by CARE Bangladesh with a GPSA grant to strengthen participatory governance processes in the public finance management systems of 15 Union Parishads in Nilphamari and Gaibandha districts of Northwest Bangladesh so that they are more transparent and accountable. The efforts under JATRA project were geared towards capacitating poor and marginalised citizens to participate in key decision making spaces. Simultaneously there were efforts to get the public finance …

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22

Jul

Best Practices in Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight Capacity for Rights-based Public Resources Management in Health (SRHR) and Agriculture (food security) in southern Africa

This report documents and analyses key approaches undertaken by the Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance in each of its four target countries (Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) during the first phase (2016-2019) of its regional project. PSA Alliance consortium member SAfAIDS utilised its comprehensive best practice documentation methodology to assess one intervention in each of the four countries. Recognising the innovative design of the project, the exercise sought to draw upon and deliberate ‘what works’ and what the ‘picture of …

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9

Jul

Expanding Civil Society Contributions to the Governance Agendas of Sustainable Development Goals and International Financial Institutions

PTF has released Expanding Civil Society Contributions to the Governance Agendas of Sustainable Development Goals and International Financial Institutions as a resource to understand the potential contribution of civil society and provide recommendations for how it can be realized. The report examines the various roles CSOs play in improving government transparency, accountability and inclusiveness and controlling corruption, reviewing the evidence on what works and what does not. It presents analysis and evidence-driven recommendations to accelerate progress. In particular, the report highlights the …

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21

May

Power to the people?: Learning from the case of Citizen Voice and Action

Failures in essential public services persist where citizens cannot influence layers of policy decision-making and implementation needed for functioning services. Resigned to low policy influence, citizens disengage. Disengagement enables politicians and service providers to neglect core duties to fund and provide acceptable services. Repeated cycles of these processes destroy constructive relationships and expectations essential for mutual accountability, eventually producing accountability traps. To advance our understanding of these real-world traps, this thesis investigates instances of such traps in health and education …

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20

Dec

HOW DOES SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY HELP RESOLVE THE LEARNING CRISIS?

In the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, countries committed to ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. Three years later, the 2018 World Development Report warns that education globally is in a crisis. Learning outcomes remain poor, schools are failing learners, and systems are failing­ schools.­ The­ WDR ­identifes­ policy ­actions to turn around the learning crisis. The 2017-18 Global Education Monitoring Report calls for broad based engagement of stakeholders to increase accountability in education policy and service. This­ document ­aims ­to­ briefly­ present­ pathways that can …

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24

Jul

Beyond watchdog journalism: Media and Social Accountability – Research Report

The following report is an exploratory case study analysis of social accountability monitoring of the Eastern Cape Department of Education by the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) and mainstream media in the Eastern Cape. It provides in-depth analysis of the education programme’s work within PSAM and a study of newspaper coverage of education in the Eastern Cape. The argument made herein, is that for either civil society or the media to be effective in holding duty bearers to account, and …

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9

Jul

Gender-Responsive Budgeting in Ethiopia’s Country-wide Social Accountability Program

Gender-responsive budgeting determines budget content based on inclusive policy processes that require wide stakeholder participation. The Ethiopia Social Accountability Program (ESAP) provided an opportunity to introduce a community-based gender-responsive budgeting tool in almost a quarter of Ethiopia’s woredas (districts) across five public services: education, health, water, agriculture, and rural roads. The program guided over 110 local organizations to help communities assess the standards and budgets of basic services they received, prioritize necessary improvement, engage in dialogue with service providers and local government, and realize the agreed …

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6

Jun

Guía de Aplicación de Gobernabilidad Corporativa para Las Empresas Urbanas de Água Potable y Saneamiento en América Latina

Español: Esta Guía usa el marco conceptual y los resultados de dos estudios efectuados por expertos del Banco Mundial, publicados en los años 2011 y 2013, que han revelado que cuando las empresas de Agua y Saneamiento (AP&S) aplican principios y mecanismos de transparencia y de gobernabilidad corporativa, no solo dan muestra de una clara voluntad ética y promueven un mejor comportamiento de su personal, directores y gerentes, sino que además generan mejores indicadores en calidad, cobertura, productividad laboral y …

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2

Apr

Enhancing return on social investment

India has a rich history of corporate spending on the social sector as a part of social responsibility. The 2013 Companies Act formalised and mandated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spends based on specific criteria. Enough has been written since then about CSR activities in various sectors. One of the emerging areas of discussion is the need for organisations to focus on assessment and measurement – what is their CSR strategy/programme accomplishing and, how can it be measured? The goal of …

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10

Aug

Social service delivery in violent contexts : achieving results against the oddsA report from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal

This report provides the foundation for a new approach to service delivery in violence-affected contexts that is sensitive to the actual forms of violence, politics, and bargaining encountered in many conflict-affected states. The findings unearth issues about how development organizations should approach service delivery in contested settings. As many countries today are riven by conflict and internal division, some familiar rules of the game may be inadequate to deal with the mounting humanitarian and development challenges posed by complex conflict …

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