Political economy

11

Aug

Unbalanced progress: What political dynamics mean for education access and quality

Authors: Susan Nicolai, Leni Wild, Joseph Wales, Sébastien Hine and Jakob Engel Published by: The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Date: 2014 This working paper briefly reviews trends on education access and quality. It highlights key work on the politics of education service delivery, focusing on four central dynamics that influence education outcomes: the degree of political prioritisation of reforms, the visibility and political returns of reforms, the access and lack of access to information about schooling and the patterns of …

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8

Aug

What role can citizens play in addressing stock outs?

Authors: Rakesh Rajani, Varja Lipovsek, Julia Tobias, Joseph Wales and Leni Wild Published by: Twaweza and The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Date: 2014 This brief analyses why medicine stock-outs persist in Tanzania, although reforms have been passed, and identifies a number of underlying factors that explain why these reforms have not gone far enough. It also identifies fours strategies to address the institutional issues that are responsible. The ideas presented in this brief aim to build more sustainable and citizen-led …

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4

Aug

Creating Space for Social Accountability: the Global Partnership for Social Accountability

Series: Are We Ready for Strategic Social Accountability? Authors: Florencia Guerzovich and Maria Poli Published by: The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Date: July 2014 This is the first note in a six-part series discussing whether the social accountability field is already primed with the knowledge and capabilities to design, implement, fund, and learn from strategic interventions. This note briefly presents the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). It explains why and how the GPSA’s application process assisted us …

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16

Jun

Context Matters: A Causal Chain Approach to Unpacking Social Accountability Interventions

Author: Anuradha Joshi Published by: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Institute of Development Studies Date: 2013 This research paper explores the macro and micro contextual factors that surround social accountability interventions. It describes why, on the macro side, accountability processes need to take into account larger histories of citizen state engagement and related political processes. At the micro level, the paper showz that local factors can clearly drive the way certain social accountability interventions unfold and …

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26

May

Thinking and Working Politically in the Transparency and Accountability Field

Authors: Brendan Halloran Published by: Transparency and Accountability Initiative Date: 2014 In this brief, Brendan Halloran highlights the political character of development challenges, especially in the governance field, and describes why it is crucial to analyse political dynamics and implement a politically-informed approach in transparency and accountability initiatives. He concludes that organizations should not only “think politically”, but also move towards “working politically”. Read more About Transparency and Accountability Initiative

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1

Apr

The Writing on the Wall: RTI comes to Malav

In the Indian state of Gujarat, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and its partner, Nagrik Adhikar Kendra (Citizens' Rights Centre) worked with local public authorities to transform a rural town into a model for the proactive disclosure of information. This short film shows their success in bringing Right to Information to Malav.

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1

Apr

Mapping Context for Social Accountability

Context is critical in shaping, making and breaking social accountability interventions. However, there are very few systematic attempts to help practitioners tailor social accountability to contextual variation. This resource papers seeks to outline the main contextual factors that appear to be critical to social accountability, to examine how social accountability interventions interact with the context to bring about change, to explore the operational implications of these interactions, and to offer a flexible analytical framework to guide practitioners wanting to undertake analysis prior to engaging in demand-side activities.

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1

Apr

Topic Guide on Political Economy Analysis

This topic guide provides pointers to some of the key literature on donor approaches to political economy analysis and its effectiveness in different contexts. It includes examples of analyses and tools applied at country, sector and programme level.

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