GPSA Knowledge Platform

July 11, 2019, 07:00 am EDT


Published literature has documented little to date on social accountability’s impact for women and gender transformation, but examples exist in the grey literature.

At the same time, women’s rights organisations have worked to empower women across the globe for decades. Is social accountability different from the approaches of these organisations? If so, how?

Join us for a webinar on the results of the evaluation of the GPSA-funded ‘“Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services” project in Indonesia, which found that theories of change for social accountability should now include women’s empowerment as an outcome. The evaluator, Gill Westhorp, and the project’s monitoring and evaluation specialist Elvi Tambunan will share results from the project, which was focused on maternal and child health.

The webinar will also highlight examples of social accountability practice which has empowered women to become local political leaders in India and Uganda. Dr. Y.K. Sandhya from the NGO, SAHAYOG, which has been working with rural women in Uttar Pradesh since 2000, will also highlight achievements including:
• Increased ability of women to negotiate with public officials
• Improvements in the delivery of services through collective advocacy
• Increased social empowerment i.e. of lower caste women
• Increase in the credibility and recognition of women activists, including by the media.

Read more about this work in this case study detailing empowerment of women in Uttar Pradesh to monitor and advocate for their entitlements around health services and other services which are related to the social determinants of health. Also read this GPSA KP blog on the experience of ‘My Health, My Voice’ project in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Finally, the webinar may feature a speaker from Uganda to provide a view of how social accountability mechanisms empowered her to become a local leader. To be confirmed and details will be added once available.

This is part 3 of a 3-webinar series on findings and lessons from the recent evaluation of the “Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services” project in Indonesia. The first webinar discussed how the project’s social accountability mechanisms strengthened public health systems, improved health outcomes, impacted local power dynamics and helped empower women. The second webinar discussed how the realist approach to the evaluation of the project’s results helped strengthen the project and how to apply collaborative, capacity building realist evaluation.



Gill Westhorp is the Director of Community Matters, a consultancy company specialising in realist research and evaluation methods. She is also a Professorial
Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University (CDU), where she leads the Realist Research Evaluation and Learning Initiative (RREALI). RREALI develops realist methodology and methods, undertakes realist research and evaluation, provides education, consultancy and professional development services, and supervises post-graduate students. Gill is a co-author of the international standards for realist evaluation and realist review. She holds a PhD in Social Research Methods from the Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Elvi Adelina Tambunan is a Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation
specialist at Wahana Visi Indonesia who provided technical M&E support for the GPSA-funded
project. Elvi has developed her capacity to employ realist evaluation approach particularly during
her engagement with the GPSA project and is now enthusiatically sharing the knowledge within
the organization and NGOs circle around Indonesia i.e. Save the Children, Plan, Childfund, SOS
Village, etc. Elvi is a practioner and researcher in the area of international development with
more than 10 years experience with a master’s degree in Development Studies, from the
University of Queensland, Australia.

Y.K.Sandhya is the Assistant Coordinator of SAHAYOG, an organization
that works on youth and women’s sexual reproductive health and rights in the northern state of
Uttar Pradesh in India. Dr. Sandhya has been trained in social medicine and community health
from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has experience of working on sexual reproductive health
and rights and plays a significant role in advocating with Officials of the Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare, the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Health and Family
Welfare and the National Human Rights Commission.

How Can I Contribute to the Knowledge Platform

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