Time to Get Political: Why the Open Governance Community Needs to Start Engaging with Grassroots Movements

Given the events of the last 24 hours, seemed appropriate to repost this blog here (originally posted on the International Budget Partnership site).  Change a few words and it applies to the U.S. context, not just today or on Jan. 20, but always.   There’s been a slow-dawning realization among open governance advocates that pushing for…

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…

Opening Governance: What have we learned and how do we translate into better practice?

In their introductory essay to the recent IDS Bulletin on Opening Governance (the entire issue is open access), Duncan Edwards and Rosie McGee critically appraise developments in the open government/governance space over the past several years, since the landmark 2010 review commissioned by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative.  The authors reflect on recent debates and…

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…