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Aug'14

What role can citizens play in addressing stock outs?

Authors: Rakesh Rajani, Varja Lipovsek, Julia Tobias, Joseph Wales and Leni Wild Published by: Twaweza and The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Date: 2014 This brief analyses why medicine stock-outs persist in Tanzania, although reforms have been passed, and identifies a number of underlying factors that explain why these reforms have not gone far enough. It also identifies fours strategies to address the institutional issues that are responsible. The ideas presented in this brief aim to build more sustainable and citizen-led …

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Jun'14

Mixed incentives: Adopting ICT innovations for transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption

Authors: Tim Davies and Silvana Fumega Published by: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre Date: 2014 This research paper raises critical questions to consider when seeking positive anti-corruption impacts from ICTs. First, it makes an overview of the different ways ICTs can be applied to anti-corruption efforts, distinguishing ICTs that support “upward transparency”, such as citizen reporting channels, from the ones that support “downward transparency”, such as transparency portals and open data portals. Then, it describes the different incentives that the implementation …

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Jun'14

Parliamentary Power to the People: Analysing Online and Offline Startegies in Latin America

Author: Greg Michener Published by: Open Society Foundations Date: 2011 This report explores how Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations (PMO) can leverage online and offline strategies to make legislative information of greater social and political utility. The report focuses on Latin America, but provides inferences that travel across regions. It highlights context-based constraints and identifies PMO strategies that help foster engagement, participation, learning, and political accountability Read more

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Jun'14

Using Information for Accountability and Justice Lessons from Latin American Civil Society

Author: Janet Oropeza Published by: Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación, and Evidence and Lessons from Latin America Date: 2012 Using case studies from Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica, this brief analyses how civil society organisations are successfully using the right to information as a tool to improve accountability and social justice in Latin America. It describes how civil society organisations (CSOs) are exacting accountability by undertaking independent assessments of the implementation and outcomes of public policies and programmes, as …

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Jun'14

Context Matters: A Causal Chain Approach to Unpacking Social Accountability Interventions

Author: Anuradha Joshi Published by: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Institute of Development Studies Date: 2013 This research paper explores the macro and micro contextual factors that surround social accountability interventions. It describes why, on the macro side, accountability processes need to take into account larger histories of citizen state engagement and related political processes. At the micro level, the paper showz that local factors can clearly drive the way certain social accountability interventions unfold and …

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May'14

Social Accountability E-Guide

Published by: World Bank This World Bank’s Guide is an online resource offering a step-by-step approach to integrating social accountability mechanisms into investment lending projects. This Guide helps to a) scope potential entry points for introducing SA tools and approaches to address governance issues and challenges in projects; b) diagnose the context in which SA will be implemented; c) develop options for selecting and sequencing SA tools that can help improve transparency, accountability, and participation; and b) monitor and evaluate …

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May'14

Accountability Through Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action

Authors: Sina Odugbemi and Taeku Lee Published by: World Bank Date: 2011 This book addresses some questions that are crucial to understanding accountability and for understanding why accountability is important. The main questions that it focuses on are: 1) What does it mean to make governments accountable to their citizens? 2) How do you do that? 3) How do you create genuine demand for accountability among citizens, and 4) How do you move citizens from inertia to public action? The …

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May'14

It belongs to you: Public Information in the Middle East and North Africa

Produced by: Transparency International Date: 2013 The film documentary is part of a USAID-funded project, Addressing Corruption Through Information and Organised Networking (ACTION), which Transparency International implemented in Yemen, Palestine, Egypt, and Morocco between September 2010 and September 2013. The project focuses on enhancing access to public information by raising awareness, supporting the use of new media and technology to disseminate public information, and to make recommendations aimed at improving the implementation of regulatory provisions. In addition to acces to …

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Apr'14

Strengthening Parliamentary Accountability, Citizen Engagement and Access to Information: A Global Survey of Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations

This report explores how Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations (PMO) can leverage online and offline strategies to make legislative information of greater social and political utility. The report focuses on Latin America, but provides inferences that travel across regions. It highlights context-based constraints and identifies PMO strategies that help foster engagement, participation, learning, and political accountability http://www.ndi.org/files/governance-parliamentary-monitoring-organizations-survey-september-2011.pdf

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Apr'14

Citizen Participation in Latin America Innovations to Strengthen Governance

Latin American citizen participation initiatives, promoted both by governments and civil society, have sought to strengthen governance, enhance accountability and control, and improve social justice, ensuring that governments’ funds and policies address relevant social issues and benefit socially excluded groups. This Guide presents some of the key citizen participation initiatives in the region, lessons learned and the contextual factors enabling them. http://www.fundar.org.mx/mexico/pdf/Guide-CitizenParticipationinLatinAmericaInnovationstoStrengthenGovernance.pdf

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