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Rethinking Social Accountability in Africa: Lessons from the Mwananchi programme, Overseas Development Institute, London

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Tembo, F (2013) Rethinking Social Accountability in Africa: Lessons from the Mwananchi programme, Overseas Development Institute, London

The third chapter of this paper makes the case of interlinking voice and accountability to central concepts of citizenship and marginality in order to properly develop interventions that seek empowerment of ordinary citizens to the extent of expecting them to hold governments to account. In this formulation, citizens own identities versus those in power are more critical than simply having access to more information and such type of interventions. Furthermore, quick categorisations of citizen groups into popular brackets pertaining to what is perceived as ‘marginalisation’ can miss the point of essential spaces for citizen expressions and power.

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