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Social Accountability in Africa - Practitioners' Experiences and Lessons

Social Accountability in Africa - Practitioners' Experiences and LessonsSocial Accountability in Africa: Practitioners’ Experiences and Lessons is a collection of case studies from Africa on social accountability. This collection attempts to build a consolidated body of knowledge on social accountability efforts across the continent. The case studies are diverse and present unique approaches to how social accountability strategies and interventions are implemented within different countries.

The book is written by practitioners, for practitioners, providing first hand experience of designing and implementing social accountability initiatives and the challenges, methods and successes each one presents.
  • While most research focuses on the role of citizens and civil society organisations in promoting accountability, this book places a greater emphasis on joint state-civil society initiatives.
  • While social accountability initiatives are known mostly only in their own countries, and few African campaigns are documented, this book fi lls this gap by covering different approaches within a wide array of African countries.
The book was published in early 2010 and launched at an ANSA-Africa regional workshop held in Pretoria, South Africa in April 2010.

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Download document by section:
  • Overview: Controlling power - africans' views on governance, citizenship and accountability
  • Section 1: Civil society-led accountability
  • Section 2: Government-led accountability
  • Section 3: Working in partnership
  • Conclusion

Social Accountability training courses

Details of three training courses, with a strong focus on improving skills for practioners involved in budget monitoring and tracking processes, have beenposted in our events section. The courses deal withBudget Accountability, Mainstreaming Gender in Development Planningand Expenditure Tracking for Donor Funded Projects in the Health Sector. Details of each course can be obtained here.

Social Accountability: the Ethiopian Experiment
Dr Samuel Taddesse

This paper presents a short overview of social accountability issues following an evaluation of the pilot Social Accountability Project in Ethiopia.

Budgeting for children in Africa: concept and framework for analysis
African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and International Child Support (ICS)

Budgeting for children in Africa: concept and framework for analysisTo inform the writing of the African Report on Child Wellbeing 2011, a number of technical papers on budgeting and related topics were written by ACPF experts and other renowned scholars who are knowledgeable on the subject. This publication entitled "Budgeting for Children in Africa: Concept and Framework for Analysis" is one of such papers.

Achieving Results: Four Challenges to Government, Donors and MPs
Uwazi - Twaweza

Achieving Results: Four Challenges to Government, Donors and MPsUwazi has released a new policy brief titled, Achieving Results: Four Challenges to Government, Donors and MPs. The brief presses for a more transparent budgetary process, implementation of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) recommendations and focusing on learning in primary schools. The brief recommends involvement of oversight institutions and ordinary citizens in the budgetary process and deliberate implementation of CAG remedies on management of public resources.

First annual report on corruption trends in Uganda: using the Data Tracking Mechanism
The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC)

Corruption remains an impediment to development and a barrier to poverty reduction in Uganda and in many other African countries. This study has defined corruption as “abuse of office for private gain” and recent surveys, coupled with nationally produced data, indicate that corruption in Uganda is a problem, both at national and local government levels. Corruption manifests itself as bribery, financial leakages, conflict of interest, embezzlement, false accounting, fraud, influence peddling, nepotism, theft of public funds or theft of public assets. With the discovery of oil and the prospect of substantial windfall oil revenues coming on stream in the relatively near future, Uganda is bound to face major challenges with regard to the problem of corruption.

The Data Tracking Mechanism was launched in 2009 to address a growing concern about the lack of credible tools and methods to track corruption. The initiative aimed to develop a tool, the DTM, to monitor corruption trends in Uganda on an annual basis. The current study provides a baseline for tracking progress over time. Altogether, the DTM comprises 71 indicators which are used to track corruption.

ACRN newsletter: Mobilising global knowledge against corruption
Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN)

The fifth issue of Anti-Corruption Research News contains recent insights and activities in anti-corruption research, synthesised for scholars, policy-makers and anti-corruption practitioners. This newsletter is part of the Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN), an initiative by Transparency International to build a knowledge community and information service for anti-corruption research.

How are our monies spent? The public expenditure review in eight Constituencies (2005/2006 - 2008/2009)

How are our monies spent?This study was carried out by ActionAid International-Kenya (AAIK) whose key role in the People's Participation towards Equity (PPE) program is to enhance community participation in poverty reduction efforts. At the sub-national levels, there is a special focus on ensuring the participation of marginalized groups such as, persons with disabilities, women, children the youth and indigenous peoples towards poverty eradication. The findings show that there has been an increase in the funds allocated to communities through the CDF, LATF and line ministry budgets. Also, the allocation of the funds has not translated into improved wellbeing of intended communities particularly in ensuring food security and availability of essential services such as infrastructure, electricity, water and healthcare.
Effective Delivery of Public Services: Focus on EducationEffective Delivery of Public Services: Focus on Education
AfriMAP / Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
October 2010

The Citizens Manifesto: A National Synthesis ReportThe Citizens Manifesto: A National Synthesis Report
Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF)
September 2010

Quality of democracy and governance in Uganda
Deepening Democracy Programme
June 2010
Innovative social accountability tools and projects
Extractive industries Social audit
Briefing paper: A fool's paradise? Zambia's mining tax regime
Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD)
December 2010
The Nairobi Social Audit Report The Nairobi Social Audit Report
18 October 2010

India: Report of the Task Group on Social Audit
January 2010

ANSA-Africa Thematic Areas
Governors vs Lawmakers: a rivalry made for 2011
17 January 2011

"FG lacks political will to pass PIB into law"
17 January 2011
Nigerian Compass

Why Yunus is right about for-profit microfinance
17 January 2011

Mohammed Yunus: Sacrificing microcredit for megaprofits
17 January 2011
New York Times

Search for impunity cuts across the political divide
17 January 2011
The East African

Public Accounts Committee must have more teeth
17 January 2011

Zimbabwe should compensate violence victims - Tribunal
17 January 2011
Zimbabwe Independent

Facilities at public and private schools are worlds apart
17 January 2011
Daily Nation

Private good; public not so bad
17 January 2011
Mail and Guardian

Government warns against election promises
17 January 2011

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