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…

Webinar and forum on Thinking and Working Politically

I recently collaborated with the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Knowledge Platform to give a webinar entitled Beyond Theories of Change: Working Politically for Transparency and Accountability.  The recording of the webinar can be found here. I’m also hosting a forum on the GPSA Knowledge Platform on thinking and working politically to share ideas, experiences,…

Closing Feedback Loops? (again)

The World Bank has been hosting a series of events over the past several months looking at the concept of the ‘Feedback Loop’.  The feedback loop can be understood in simple terms as citizens expressing their priorities and/or grievances, and governments listening (and presumably responding).  There are some people in the governance field (including myself), who…