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Citizen Voice and State Accountability

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Tembo, F. (2012) ‘Citizen Voice and State Accountability: towards theories of change that embrace contextual dynamics’, ODI Working Paper 343, London http://www.odi.org/publications/6282-citizen-voice-accountability-theories-change

This paper argues that current approaches to Theories of Change (ToCs) are inadequate for citizen voice and accountability interventions: linear ToCs do not capture the complex and dynamic realities of state-citizen relations and of the influences of the wider context on these interactions. It suggests a model for developing ToCs that are better grounded in dynamic socioeconomic and political contexts. The model, which blends outcome mapping and political economy analysis, can facilitate an ongoing process of analysis, intervention and learning. ToCs need to be subjected to a continuous process of construction and deconstruction to improve knowledge of what works and what does not, and in what circumstances

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