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Infomediaries and accountability

Becky Carter

Publisher: GSDRC

March 2016

This rapid review provides a brief summary of the evidence on the impact of infomediaries, in particular the media, in generating greater government accountability and citizen empowerment. It seeks to answer the following questions:

1) What role might ‘infomediaries’, and specifically the media have in helping translate transparency into greater government accountability? In generating that accountability? In empowering citizens?

2) In what contexts or types of contexts do ‘infomediaries’ and media play such a facilitating role, and why?

3) What enabling factors contributed to success?

4) What role, if any, have donors had in supporting these sectors in this capacity?

5) What risks exist in this space?

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