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    Hi everyone and welcome to this e-forum entitled “Strengthening systems, changing local power dynamics and empowering women: how does social accountability contribute?”

    I’m Sue Cant, World Vision International’s social accountability adviser, and I will be co-facilitating this forum based on the findings from an evaluation recently completed for the  GPSA Wahana Visi project, Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health. If you did not get a chance to participate in the GPSA KP webinar we had on this topic on March 12th, the webinar recording and presentation are now available here. A blog was also published hereMy co-facilitators include Prof. Gill Westhorp, Director of Community Matters and lead evaluator for the project, Andreas Sihotang, former manager of the project and now Phd student, and Elvi Tambunan, Wahana Visi Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist.

    Many years ago, a major donor governance adviser told me that there was clear evidence, in his view, that social accountability impacted service delivery. But, he said, the jury was ‘still out’ on whether it impacts governance more broadly. The findings from our evaluation suggest that social accountability does impact governance through system strengthening. We are also seeing shifts in local power dynamics, high levels of women’s participation and greater empowerment for women.

    This e-forum is an opportunity to explore these findings and broaden the theory of change for social accountability to consider these other impacts. We would like to hear from you on your experiences.

    The e-forum will last two weeks, from March13 through March 31. Throughout this time, Gill, Andreas, Elvi and I will provide questions for you to respond to, but we also encourage people to react and comment to each other’s posts because the most important learning comes from sharing and exchanging among us.

    To get the forum started, we invite you to introduce yourself:
    – who you are,
    – what you do, and
    How do the social accountability processes you work with strengthen service delivery systems? What service delivery system are you trying to improve?

    We look forward to hearing from you!



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    Hi everyone, it’s Saeqah here. I work with World Vision for the Nobo Jatra project in Bangladesh as the Knowledge Management and Communications Manager. We are using World Vision’s Citizen Voice and Action approach to strengthen service systems at community clinics, Water and Sanitation Committees and Agriculture Committees. I would be interested to learn more about intentional engagement of women in social accountability approaches – how does this link to system strengthening in the long term?

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