Publications

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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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16

Feb

Distract, Divide, Detach: Using Transparency and Accountability to Justify Regulation of CSOs

TAI members seek to strengthen civil society resilience against undue government pressure. In its latest report, TAI takes a deep dive on how governments weaponize transparency to further close down civic space and puts forward recommendations on how the transparency community can respond.

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11

Oct

With Publication Comes Responsibility: Using open data for accountability in Benin and Tanzania – A discussion paper

This paper combines primary research from Benin and Tanzania with secondary research on the use of open data for accountability to explore what happens at country-level once it is published: who is interested in using it, how and what for? If the data is not being used, what are the obstacles and how can they be overcome? The first part makes a contribution to a new framework around using data for accountability in partner countries. It recommends firstly that country-level …

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11

Oct

Advocacy Action Guide: A ToolKit for Strategic Policy Advocacy Campaigns

Changing public health policy is one of the most effective ways to improve public health on a population-wide scale. Moving a public health issue onto the policy agenda and through the policy making process requires a well-planned strategic advocacy campaign. The components of an advocacy campaign are the same regardless of the advocacy goals. This guide is designed to help civil society organizations plan and conduct effective advocacy campaigns that will result in the adoption and implementation of strong effective …

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10

Aug

Evaluating Digital Citizen Engagement : A Practical Guide

With growing demand for transparency, accountability and citizen participation in policy making and service provision, engagement between citizens and their governments, as well as with donors and the private sector that deliver government services, is increasingly important. Increased use of technology brings both opportunities and challenges to citizen engagement processes, including opportunities for collecting, analyzing and evaluating data about these processes. This guide provides practical steps to assess the extent to which digital tools have contributed to citizen engagement and …

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10

Aug

The current state of transparency and participation in public finance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Transparent and participatory PFM systems are integral to good public financial management.  Budget transparency has improved over time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as reflected in the country’s ranking on the latest Open Budget Index (OBI) by the International Budget Partnership (IBP). Despite these developments, the DRC remains in the group of countries that publish limited budget information and provide very few opportunities for participation. This report evaluates progress made in improving budget transparency and participation since the …

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10

Aug

Public financial management and health services deliveryNecessary, but not sufficient?

The issues of public financial management (PFM) and healthcare have long been of interest to the development policy community. Both issues are relatively well discussed and studied in their own right, but the relationship between them is comparatively under-theorised and under researched. More recently, the debates in both policy fields have started to place more of a premium on understanding the links between the two issues. To support this closer alignment, this research report looks in more detail at the theoretical and empirical …

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10

Aug

Making governance work for water–energy–food nexus approaches

This Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) working paper explores the effectiveness of governance for the ‘water-energy-food nexus’. It looks at approaches that recognise the links between sectors, factor these in during decision-making and promote integrated policy-making. The paper synthesises findings from CDKN-supported action research in this area, drawing on findings from Indonesia, Kenya and the Amazon Basin. It demonstrates that the effectiveness of horizontal (cross-sectoral) and vertical (between levels of government) coordination – essential for a nexus approach – is determined by institutional relationships, which can be influenced …

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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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10

Aug

What works for Social Accountability? Findings from DFID’s Macro Evaluation

A wide-ranging evaluation of the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) support to social accountability initiatives has found that service delivery is improved when local citizens are informed and learn about their rights and entitlements and have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with service providers. This briefing summarises the main findings from the evaluation which looks at what works best and highlights key lessons learned. DFID supports social accountability across many countries and contexts. Social accountability processes are supported either as standalone projects or as components of broader sector or governance reform projects. In …

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