Political economy

10

Sep

[SPANISH] Prácticas de buen gobierno en la República Dominicana

Fundación Intermón Oxfam, a non-governmental organization focusing on poverty and human rights, received a GPSA grant to strengthen the transparency and accountability of government services in the Dominican Republic. The grant intended to help CSOs and citizens participate in the national budget process, and in the budgets and services of water, sanitation, education, and agriculture. This grant supported three components aiming to: 1) establish a macro-level “observatory” permitting CSOs and citizens to analyze, monitor, and provide feedback on the national …

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2

May

Situation Analysis on Social Accountability in the Health Sector DFID/Nepal Health Sector Programme III (NHSP3)

The Pact-led Social Accountability in the Health Sector (SAHS) programme helps the U.K. Agency for International Development (DFID) support the Ministry of Health (MOH) to more effectively promote social accountability (SA) within the health sector in Nepal. SAHS collaborates closely with MOH and other health sector stakeholders to promote learning and good SA practices from within and outside the health sector and to facilitate greater stakeholder coherence and coordination. SAHS also offers a platform to critically examine SA practices, extract valuable lessons, and explore how …

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2

May

Social Accountability in the Health Sector Programme (SAHS) Applied Political Economy Analysis (Baseline)

As part of a core set of analytical products to be developed for DFID and its implementers for the Social Accountability in the Health Sector (SAHS) programme, Pact conducted an Applied Political Economy Analysis (APEA) to examine a cross-section of institutional factors and underlying incentives that affect prospects for promoting SA within the health sector. The APEA is the foundational activity of SAHS’s implementation period and follows a baseline Situation Analysis conducted during the inception phase. The Situation Analysis provided …

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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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30

May

Technology innovation hubs and policy engagement

Many technology innovation hubs are developing civic tech solutions to pressing local commercial and social issues. But their full potential to contribute to a more vibrant local policy ecosystem is yet to be achieved. Changes in attitude, strategic outlook and partnership-building are required. This research provides ideas for hubs, policy-makers and donors to consider in order to improve policy engagement and co-creation in the future.

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17

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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3

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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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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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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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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