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Toward Mainstreaming Social Accountability:...

Planning for local development has always been considered an expert driven, top‐down exercise. With the emergence of decentralized local governance in many countries the local governance institutions are now entrusted to plan, implement and deliver basic services to the citizens. The mandate for these institutions to involve in local planning and the promise to engage citizens in the...

Mainstreaming Social Accountability in the Oil,...

This paper examines the concept of social accountability as it applies to environmental management in extractive industries—specifically oil, gas, and mining—in five countries of the East Asia Pacific (EAP) region. These countries include Cambodia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.  What is under consideration here is the “mainstreaming”...

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Tales, Tools, and Techniques in Procurement...

ANSA-EAP organized Open Doors 2009 , a regional stakeholders forum focused on procurement monitoring in order to better understand the broad application of social accountability tools and methodologies. The Forum provided a platform for learning and community building among practitioners, students, and advocates of social accountability who are interested in applying these approaches to the...

The Bantay Lansangan (Road Watch ) Experience:...

Bantay Lansangan (Road Watch) was a 30-month project aimed at monitoring and advocating reforms in the Philippine road sector. Started in November 2007, Bantay Lansangan was a multi-sector partnership of 23 organizations that mobilize the active participation of government, private sector, citizen groups, NGOs, and development partners to act collectively and strategically in monitoring the...

Enhancing the Giving Practices of Filipino...

Remittances for many developing countries have become increasingly critical for their economies, with remittances overtaking levels of overseas development assistance (ODA) and foreign direct investments (FDI). Many poor families in developing countries rely on remittances as their major source of incomes to provide for the education of children, for health and other basic needs and to act as...

Social Accountability and Anti-Corruption:...

In the course of doing its work in the country and in the region, ANSA-EAP inevitably encountered situations where it had to grapple with and articulate the nuances between two different yet quite related concepts, that of social accountability (SAc) and anti-corruption. Admittedly, “social accountability” is a more recent framing of the actions necessary to strengthen the...

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The Concept One of the thematic or focus areas of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) in terms of social services is public education. The other two under social services are health and infrastructure. Other ANSA-EAP thematic areas are the youth, procurement monitoring, and the extractive industries. It is generally accepted that public...

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Piloting Participatory Audit in the...

The Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG) and the Commission on Audit (COA) of the Philippines partnered in a program entitled, Enhancing the Public Accountability Program of the Philippines funded by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP). The program called for civil society organizations (CSO's) to participate in the audit process to ensure its credibility and...

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REDD Lights: Who Owns the Carbon in Forests and...

This paper argues in favor of the ownership by indigenous peoples and local communities of carbon in forests and trees and that such ownership could be the basis of social accountability that should be mainstreamed in implementing what is popularly known as the REDD-Plus mechanism. REDD-Plus stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, and the conservation and...

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Checkmyschool: A Case Study on Citizens'...

Check My School (CMS) is a community monitoring project that aims to promote transparency and social accountability in the Philippine education sector by tracking the provision of services in public schools. The project uses a blended approach, which combines on-the-ground community monitoring with the use of information and communication technology (ICT). CMS had been initiated and designed...

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