Thursday 12 September, 12-3pm: Auditorium J1-050, World Bank J Building, 18th Street and Pennslyvania Ave, NW Washington DC

​Despite evident economic progress in Africa, inequality is slowing the rate at which growth delivers better services to poor people. This event launches the report ‘Rethinking social accountability in Africa: lessons from the Mwananchi Programme’. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

An honest forum for discussions about accountability, power and development isn’t always easy to find. Issues of external aid financing for internal social accountability building, holding parliamentarians to account and finding ways to strengthen democratic structures are complex and sensitive issues.

 

BBC Media Action: The role of media in transparency and accountability in Africa

26 September 2012, 12-13.30, London. Watch the video here.

The BBC Media Action GTF programme, ‘A National Conversation’, is operating projects in Angola, Tanzania and Sierra Leone, supporting media, in particular local and national radio, to enable citizens to engage with their elected representatives and hold them to account.

 

Demand-side governance: are we overstating the claims on social accountability?

Public event, Overseas Development Institute and screened live online

This event will represent the first of six discussions around the broader theme of ‘demanding accountability from the bottom-up: examining what works, what does not work, and why’. These themes reflect on the four years of implementing Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) programmes such as Mwananchi, in various parts of the world.  This event considers how a number of GTF programmes and projects focus directly on building grassroots capacity to demand improvements in state provision of public goods, especially by hitherto marginalised groups (women, disabled people, youths).

Workshop organised by CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

The regional workshop on democratising governance through citizen participation brought together representatives of civil society organisations, international organisations and participatory governance practitioners from Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to share experiences in advancing participatory governance, identify key gaps in participatory governance processes at local, national and continental levels, and propose solutions aimed at filling these gaps and making participatory governance effective. 

Friends of the Nation (FoN) is a Takoradi based non governmental, non-political organization established in 1993 with a vision of ensuring that future generations are offered the opportunity to enjoy an equal measure of utilization of environmental functions whilst contributing to global environmental sustainability.

Demand-side governance: are we overstating the claims on social accountability?

21 March 2012 12:00-13:30 (GMT+00) – Public event, Overseas Development Institute and screened live online

This event will represent the first of six discussions around the broader theme of ‘demanding accountability from the bottom-up: examining what works, what does not work, and why’. These themes reflect on the four years of implementing Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) programmes such as Mwananchi, in various parts of the world. 

This project briefing uses a critical analysis of citizen voice and accountability cases from the Mwananchi Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) programme to examine how citizen voice and accountability happens in different governance contexts.

The development industry is increasingly pushing practitioners to achieve results, and to do better in demonstrating what works, what does not, and explaining why. There is a growing interest in going beyond the  measurement of results to being able to understand the basis for success or failure. Consequently, the development of explicit theories of change (ToCs) is starting to be viewed as central to this process, as a key part of what constitutes ‘rigour’ in impact evaluations. 

Citizen voice and accountability (CV&A) project interventions produce and reproduce diverse outcomes that are not amenable to linear models of ToCs. This paper uses a critical analysis of CV&A cases from the Mwananchi Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) programme to examine how citizen voice and accountability happens in different governance contexts.

The analytical framework used in this paper draws on the well-known tools of outcome mapping (OM) and political economy analysis (PEA).

  • Enabling citizens to influence government accountability is a complex process involving political dynamics at the citizens’ interface with state institutions;
  • Developing explicit theories of change (ToCs) from the start of programme planning helps planners delve into complex citizen–state dynamics; and
  • Fusing political economy analysis and outcome mapping tools can help develop a deeper understanding of these dynamics to generate more effective ways to achieve outcomes.

To read the project briefing, follow this link to the ODI site:

http://www.odi.org.uk/resources/details.asp?id=6318&title=state-accountabilty-citizen-voice-mwananchi

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in collaboration with United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and Mwananchi Governance and Transparency Programme of ODI, will be hosting an Ad-hoc expert group meeting (7 – 8 March 2011) for practitioners and experts actively engaged with strengthening the impact and effectiveness of CSOs and NGOs in Promoting Governance in Africa.

Workshop organised by CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Johannesburg, South Africa, 25-26 October 2011

The regional workshop on democratising governance through citizen participation brought together representatives of civil society organisations, international organisations and participatory governance practitioners from Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to share experiences in advancing participatory governance, identify key gaps in participatory governance processes at local, national and continental levels, and propose solutions aimed at filling these gaps and making participatory governance effective.