citizen oversight

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Mar'15

Civic Activism Toolkit

Published by: Building Change Trust The Civic Activism Toolkit was launched by the Building Change Trust. The toolkit supports the sector to advocate for a more open, participatory and accountable model of governance. It contains three main sections: 1) Top Tips: collected wisdom from experienced local practitioners on what works and what doesn’t, 2) Some Local Insipration: four case studies of innovative civic activism initiatives in Northern Ireland, 3) Tools Directory: a compilation of 29 tools and approaches from around …

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02

Dec'14

Effective Public Policies and Active Citizenship: Brazil’s Experience of Building a Food and Nutrition Security System

Authors: Marília Mendonça Leão, Renato S. Maluf Published by: Oxfam International Date: February, 2014 Since it was launched in 2003, Brazil’s Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) strategy has allowed 28 million people to break free from the cycle of hunger. These impressive figures suggest that public policy can have a significant impact in the fight against hunger. This report looks at some of the conditions contributing to the success of the strategy, including political will combined with a plan that is …

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02

Dec'14

The Role of Social Accountability in Improving Health Outcomes: Overview and Analysis of Selected International NGO Experiences to Advance the Field

Author: Dr. Kamden Hoffmann Published by: CORE Group Date: June 2014 This paper reviews Models involving International NGOs that used a social accountability approach in various sectors and at different levels including community, district, and national level. It presents these approaches focusing on the processes undertaken to increase accountability and improve health outcomes. The common themes, challenges, and recommendations presented here aim to expand and bring this approach to scale in the context of health and development. Read more

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08

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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23

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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17

Jun'14

Between Individual and Collective Action: Citizen Participation and Public Oversight in Mexico’s Oportunidades Programme

Author: Felipe Hevia de la Jara Published by: Institute of Development Studies Date: 2007 This publication offers a balanced assessment of the outcomes in terms of citizen oversight of one Latin American CCT programme, showing its limitations and the challenges faced in designing effective oversight mechanisms. The author points out flaws in the design of mechanisms that were meant to empower beneficiaries to oversee the programme, and their sometimes unintended negative effects. In addition, the author demonstrates the importance of …

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17

Jun'14

Impact case studies from middle income and developing countries: New Technologies

Authors: Archon Fung, Hollie Russon Gilman and Jennifer Shkabatur Published by: Transparency and Accountability Initiative Date: 2010 This case study looks at the information and communication technologies that are being used in Brazil, Chile, India, Kenya, and Slovakia. It especially analyses the tools, how they are being used and how their strategic use is helping to include a wider society in transparency and accountability work. The diverse initiatives examined range from attempts to increase accountability in local government to facilitating …

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17

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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16

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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05

Jun'14

Control and Accountability in Conditional Cash Transfer Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Topics and Areas for Further Improvement

Authors: Lucy Bassett and Gaston Blanco Published by: World Bank Date: 2011 This brief presents some of the key oversight and accountability topics and trends in CCT programmes in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The main aim of the publication is to provide CCT practitioners with concrete examples of tools and good practices from a variety of countries in the region, so they can strengthen the accountability systems of their programmes. It highlights key factors to be considered …

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