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Apr'20

COVID-19: A chance to empower citizens through social protection

This blog post is being cross-published by World Vision. Billions are now being distributed to citizens by governments1 to stave off rising poverty from COVID-19. The unprecedented pandemic demands an unprecedented government response. More than 126 countries have already introduced or adapted social protection or labour policies to assist those in need. The World Bank, which has played a key role in building infant social protection systems in many developing countries, has urged countries, including Bangladesh, to increase safety nets …

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Apr'20

My School – Empowered Citizens Enhancing Accountability of the Education Reform and Quality of Education in Moldova

Final evaluation The present evaluation report, carried out in the last year of the project implementation, presents the main outcomes and the impact of the social accountability tools in the beneficiary schools. At the same time, the evaluation analyzed the extent to which the results of the “My School” project validate the theory of change promoted by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability and its adaptation to the context of education and governance in the Republic of Moldova. “My School” …

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03

Apr'20

Problem solving before teeth: welcome to the realm of local politicians and the bureaucracy (Part 3)

This blog post series is an invitation to consider how we might get unstuck. We need new narratives of social accountability for service delivery.  In a previous blog post I explained why many colleagues seem frustrated with current frameworks that fail to tell what we collectively are doing to lever participation for service delivery, i.e. the everyday politics of accountability. As a consequence, much about what we do is left un-said. We need to make this practice glamorous like never …

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Mar'20

What do we need to close the gap between what social accountability looks like in 2020 and how we talk about it? (Part 2B)

Many in the social accountability practice feel stuck in the middle of debates that do not reflect the way they go about their efforts. In a recent event, a diverse group of colleagues discussed why we do not talk about what we do. Here are additional insights from the conversation. The spotlight is on some of the enabling factors that could help us to move forward: collective narratives, a new shared language, meaningful indicators, realistic benchmarks, and as importantly, spaces …

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12

Mar'20

Reinforcing social accountability in health services in Sud Kivu and Kongo Central provinces

Final evaluation of the GPSA/CODESA project     This report looks at the GPSA-funded project implemented by the Dutch NGO Cordaid to reinforce the CODESAs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Comité de Développement Sanitaire (Sanitary Development Committee), or CODESA, is a committee made of community members who co-manage their primary health-care facilities (HF) and lead the sanitary development of their area. The GPSA/CODESA project took place in two provinces, Sud Kivu and Congo Central, which are …

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12

Mar'20

Making the Budget Work for Ghana

Final Evaluation of the GPSA/SEND-Ghana project   This is an evaluation of the GPSA funded Making the Budget Work for Ghana Project. The Project was implemented by SEND-Ghana, a specialized CSO in budget analysis and advocacy, in 30 districts in Ghana between 2014 and 2018. The overall objective of the Project was to improve access and quality of services in the health and education sector in the 30 districts by strengthening accountability and transparency in the budget process.   This …

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Feb'20

Conquering our blind spots: Glamorizing the everyday politics of accountability (Part 1)

News flash for you! There is untapped energy to glamorize social accountability’s daily work – the everyday politics of accountability for service delivery. This blog post series is a call for bridging the gap between theory and practice. We need to act quickly on untapped energy to write social accountability’s next chapter. Are you up for the challenge 2020? We have blind spots about what social accountability spends most of its time on. Our attention is disproportionately focused on  portrayals …

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Nov'19

Social Accountability Approaches: Supporting CSOs to realise better UHC health outcomes

Societal consensus on the goals of Universal Health Coverage (UHC)provides communities ‘left behind’ with a potential space to have representation at all levels, and advocate for better health and well-being. Conceptually, this advocacy is not restricted to a single program or dimension of health. Current Global Health Initiatives (GHIs), however, are often program or disease specific, and correspondingly promote Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)’s work in these areas, to the detriment of issues that cut across the health system. Program and …

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Oct'19

[Spanish] Evaluación Formativa Proyecto Prácticas de Buen Gobierno en República Dominicana (Proyecto Vigilantes)

Fundación Intermón Oxfam, a non-governmental organization focusing on poverty and human rights, received a GPSA grant to strengthen the transparency and accountability of government services in the Dominican Republic. The grant intended to help CSOs and citizens participate in the national budget process, and in the budgets and services of water, sanitation, education, and agriculture. This grant supported three components aiming to: 1) establish a macro-level “observatory” permitting CSOs and citizens to analyze, monitor, and provide feedback on the national …

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