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Bano, M. (2012) Breakdown in Pakistan: how aid is eroding institutions for collective action. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

McGee, R. & Gaventa, J. (2011). Shifting Power? Assessing the Impact of Transparency and Accountability (Working Paper No. 383). Brighton: Institute of Development Studies.

Joshi, A. (2013). Do They Work? Assessing the Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives in Service Delivery. Development Policy Review, 31(S1), s29‑s48.

The Mwananchi project participated in the International Transparency and Accountability Workshop, at the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC.

The Mwananchi Programme is a member of the Govenance and Trasparency Fund event series, in which different Governance and Transparency Fund grantees present their experiences implementing their projects and discuss what they have learnt about the different aspects of governance and accountability programming.


Thursday 28th February, 1-2.30pm

Development actors have long raised concerns that the impact of demand-side governance projects cannot be sustained. What kinds of approaches have different Governance and Transparency Fund projects sought to develop and implement in order both to ensure the sustainability of their interventions, and to help partner organisations become self-sustaining over the long term? What efforts have been most effective and why, and what are the challenges that still lie ahead?


26 September 2012 12:00-13:00 (GMT+00) – Public event, New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA, BBC New Broadcasting House

This event will provide an overview of the successes and challenges encountered in supporting the media in Angola, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania to improve transparency, accountability and participation in governance.  The event is part of the Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) meeting series ‘Demanding accountability from the bottom up: examining what works, what does not work, and why’.

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Part of the Governance and Transparency Fund public meeting series: ‘Demanding accountability from the bottom up’: examining what works, what does not work, and why.


Value for money and effectiveness in voice & accountability programming: complementary practice or uneasy bedfellows?

11:00, 18th July 2012 – Christian Aid, London

In recent years, various Value For Money (VFM) tools and techniques have been proposed as the key to effective, targeted and cost-efficient aid. But are these approaches genuinely aligned with the needs of developing communities, as well as the donor agencies that promote them? What happens when they are implemented at grassroots level? And how can they be translated through citizen voice and accountability programmes?

Christian Aid will host a discussion on these issues as part of the Governance and Transparency Fund public meeting series. Following on from Q&A’s, there will be an informal Value For Money market-place where organisations and experts working on VFM will showcase their materials and resources, with the chance to interact with presenters, contributors, audience members and Christian Aid staff. 

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For a full agenda, click here

Download the full reports here, or read the executive summary below.

Synthesis of case study findings

Case study 1: Decongestion in Accra, Ghana

Case study 2: Uganda’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill

Case study 3: The contemporary debate on genetically modified organisms in Zambia

Case study 4: Chieftaincy reform in Sierra Leone

The Evidence-based Policy in Development Network (ebpdn) was set up with one purpose in mind: to promote our understanding of the role that evidence plays in policy-making in developing countries and in international development policy. Over the years, several studies and events have helped to shed light on the factors that explain the uptake of evidence; factors that the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme synthesised in 2003. These are political context; the nature and presentation of the evidence; links or networks; and the external environment (Court & Young, 2003).