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24

Aug

Democratic Accountability in Service Delivery : A practical guide to identify improvements through assessment

This guide aims to strengthen democratic accountability (both social and political accountability) in service delivery in both emerging and consolidated democracies. As democracy is ultimately about popular control over decision-making and political equality, International IDEA has designed a methodology that allows for a broad and participatory assessment process based on local ownership. A participatory approach is, in fact, as important as the assessment process and its findings. The guide is available in different lenguages: Arabic, English, Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese, French, Kiswahili, …

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24

Aug

Democratic Accountability and Service Delivery: A Desk Review

This paper seeks to identify and document how different modalities of democratic accountability are linked to improved service delivery in developing democracies. The work extends an agenda proposed by International IDEA’s Democracy and Development programme to better understand the workings of accountability mechanisms. This paper addresses a double democratic challenge: to strengthen formal and legal mechanisms that allow citizens to articulate and voice their policy concerns, and to encourage elected and non-elected representatives to effectively respond to the provision of …

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15

Jun

When free healthcare is not free. Corruption and mistrust in Sierra Leone’s primary healthcare system immediately prior to the Ebola outbreak

Sierra Leone is one of three countries recently affected by Ebola. In debates surrounding the circumstances that contributed to the initial failure to contain the outbreak, the word ‘trust’ is often used: In December 2014, WHO director Margret Chan used ‘lack of trust in governments’; The Lancet’s editor-in-chief, wrote how Ebola has exposed the ‘… breakdown of trust between communities and their governments.’ This article explores the lack of trust in public healthcare providers in Sierra Leone, predating the Ebola …

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11

Aug

The technical is political
Understanding the political implications of sector characteristics for the delivery of sanitation services

Authors: Nathaniel Mason, Richard Batley and Daniel Harris Published by: The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the University of Birmingham Date: 2014 This brief examines the politics and governance of sanitation through a technical, ‘sector characteristics’ lens. Drawing on the findings from a consultation with sanitation specialists and recent literature, it explores how such an approach can help understand and respond to some of the persistent problems undermining the achievement of universal access to sanitation. This brief refers to a …

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11

Aug

Unbalanced progress: What political dynamics mean for education access and quality

Authors: Susan Nicolai, Leni Wild, Joseph Wales, Sébastien Hine and Jakob Engel Published by: The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Date: 2014 This working paper briefly reviews trends on education access and quality. It highlights key work on the politics of education service delivery, focusing on four central dynamics that influence education outcomes: the degree of political prioritisation of reforms, the visibility and political returns of reforms, the access and lack of access to information about schooling and the patterns of …

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