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…

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…

Learning about Strategic Accountability

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) recently published a series of notes looking back on its two rounds of calls for proposals and the over 600 applications it received by civil society organizations proposing social accountability interventions.  The notes seek to provide insights into how the GPSA applications demonstrate elements of ‘strategic’ social accountability,…

Call for proposals for research on Open Government Partnership

Just to draw your attention to a new call for research proposals we released yesterday to explore the contribution of the Open Government Partnership to more responsive and accountable governance. You can find the call for proposals here: http://www.transparency-initiative.org/news/call-for-proposals-for-research-on-open-government-partnership Concept papers are due October 27.