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citizen oversight

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Jun

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

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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Jun

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

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

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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