Transparency and Access to information

1

Jul

Citizen Charters: Enhancing Service Delivery through Accountability

This note aims to give task teams a better understanding of Citizen Charters (CCs)—including a process and best practice examples—so that they can effectively work with borrowers to integrate CCs into project design and implementation...

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29

Jun

Confrontation and Colaboration, The Five Worlds for Transparency and Accountability, Transparency and Accountability Interventions: Making Sense of the Evidence

Three blogs about thte connection between two buzzwords in the world of CSOs, transparency and accountability. How can advocacy organizations generate meaningful counterveiling power and how can this power best be used to increase accountability and good governance?...

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22

Jun

Shifting Power? Assessing the Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

Accountability and transparency initiatives have taken democratisation, governance, aid and development circles by storm since the turn of the century. This paper delves into what lies behind the methodological and evaluative debates currently surrounding governance and accountability work. It illustrates how choices about methods are made in the context of impact assessment designs driven by different objectives and different ideological and epistemological underpinnings...

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11

Apr

Transparency and accountability

Author: Becky Carter Published by: GSDRC Date: January 2014 This rapid literature review looks at how, where and under what conditions transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) have had an impact on 1) increased access to data by citizens and 2) the accountability of the political settlement between state and society. Rather than taking a sector-by-sector approach the report presents a synthesis of the key available evidence, organised thematically by common conclusions. The report has prioritised including findings from meta-reviews of …

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11

Apr

The Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

Authors: John Gaventa and Rosemary McGee Transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) have taken democratisation, governance, aid and development circles by storm since the turn of the century. Many actors involved with them – as donors, funders, programme managers, implementers and researchers – are now keen to know more about what these initiatives are achieving. This issue of Development Policy Review arises from a study of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives in different development sectors. It analyses existing …

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10

Apr

What is Learning? A Model for Challenging Times

Authors: Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner Published by: Wenger-Trayner Date: January 2015 In this short video, Beverly and Etienne Wenger-Trayner condensed their model of social learning and describes a describes a framework. It succinctly conveys some key ideas about learning and its value and draws on a few examples, including a project financed by the World Bank Institute and GIZ on Learning partnerships in the program for capacity building to strengthen good financial governance in Southern and Eastern Africa. View the …

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17

Mar

A Collective Action Approach against Corruption The Case of the Dominican Republic

Authors: Daniel Kaufmann, Andrea Gallina, Roby Senderowitsch Published by: Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The World Bank Date: March 2015 For almost a century, the Dominican Republic has faced considerable governance and corruption challenges. High levels of corruption were present long time ago, and still prevail today, even if their characteristics and manifestations have changed. Rule of law has been weak for a long time, and generally government effectiveness has not been high. …

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13

Mar

Civic Activism Toolkit

Published by: Building Change Trust The Civic Activism Toolkit was launched by the Building Change Trust. The toolkit supports the sector to advocate for a more open, participatory and accountable model of governance. It contains three main sections: 1) Top Tips: collected wisdom from experienced local practitioners on what works and what doesn’t, 2) Some Local Insipration: four case studies of innovative civic activism initiatives in Northern Ireland, 3) Tools Directory: a compilation of 29 tools and approaches from around …

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15

Jan

Measuring Open Data’s Impact of Brazilian National and Sub-national Budget Transparency Websites and its Impacts on People’s Rights

Authors: Nathalie Beghin and Carmela Zigoni Published by: Institute for Socioeconomic Studies (INESC) Date: July 2014 This exploratory research from the Brazilian Institute for Socioeconomic Studies is designed to contribute to increasing knowledge about open data in Brazil. The research is divided into two stages: a quantitative and a qualitative stage. Read more

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2

Dec

Bridging and Bonding: Improving the links between Transparency and Accountability actors

Author: Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert Published by: Making All Voices Count (MAVC) Date: November 2014 This report documents the first Learning and Inspiration Event hosted by Making All Voices Count at which people with different kinds of expertise came together to think collaboratively about how technology can be used to enhance citizen engagement and improve government responsiveness.  Read more

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