Getting Strategic about Technology and Accountability: MAVC Learning and Inspiration Event in Manila

Two years ago, Jonathan Fox released a widely read and well-received paper looking at the evidence for citizen-led accountability.  In it, he noted the proliferation of short-term, isolated interventions that often focused information provision as a means to enable citizens and communities to ‘hold government to account’.  He labeled these as ‘tactical social accountability’.  This…

Mobilizing Accountability: Movements, Learning and Partnerships for Pursuing State Accountability

Back in September, T/AI organized a roundtable in Delhi with members of the TALEARN and COPASAH communities of practice and activists from several notable Indian social movements, such as Right to Food, Right to Information, Right to Health, Dalit rights, etc.  Over the two days of the ‘Mobilizing Accountability’ meeting, we reflected on the experiences…

Leveraging Technology for Accountable Governance

I recently returned from Buntwani 2015, a two-day workshop in Johannesburg on the role of technology and governance.  The title of the workshop was: The Next Step in Innovation for Good Governance:  Moving the dialogue forward from potential to impact.  Now, I am an outsider in this discussion: I’m no tech expert and would fall…

Accountability Institutions and Accountability Ecosystems: From Evidence to Practice

In Western democracies, government accountability has often been conceptualized along two dimensions: vertically through periodic elections of government representatives, and horizontally through the division of powers and checks and balances between branches of government.  However, citizens in stable democratic countries often feel that governments are increasingly unaccountable and that democracy is being hollowed out.  In…