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Harnessing the power of faith-based communities to engage citizens and authorities alike: lessons from OAIC and Tearfund’s social accountability efforts in Africa (Webinar Follow up)

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    On February 28, 2019, Rev. Nicta Lubaale and Rev. Phyllis Byrd from the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), and Sarah Onduko, from Tearfund, led a webinar (watch the recording here) on the GPSA Knowledge Platform to share lessons from their work. Both organizations have been working for many years with churches and other faith communities across Africa to enable them to harness the legitimacy they have gained through their service delivery and care for the poor, to organize a collective, consistent and constructive voice in addressing the structural issues that hamper access to social services for the poorest.

    This webinar responded to the following questions:
    – What has been achieved to date by approaches of engaging faith communities in social accountability, in terms of affecting countries’ governance systems?
    – How can Africa’s faith communities utilise their power of presence to engage public institutions for social accountability?
    – What are the changes faith communities need to make, to become effective in organising for social accountability?
    – How can faith communities mobilise the resources in their structures and belief systems to build the civic virtues of citizens?
    – What approaches can faith communities take to move towards collective action with other actors for social accountability?

    Ask questions to the webinar speakers and fellow members of the Knowledge Platform, and share your own experience working with faith communities and social accountability. Tag @sarah, one of our speakers, to send her your question directly.

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