Mobilizing Accountability: Citizens, Movements and the State

How do citizens ensure that their governments are more accountable to them?  This question is at the center of many pro-accountability efforts across diverse contexts.  External actors have invested significant resources in supporting citizen and civil society-led accountability approaches, often under the labels of ‘civil society advocacy’ and ‘social accountability’, with mixed results (see here…

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.

Studying the Politics of Accountability

I spent last week engaging with researchers on issues of transparency and accountability, and it generated a few thoughts I’d like to share. I had the opportunity to meet with the great team of researchers and research managers on the T4D research team, involving Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and R4D, and from there I went to the…