September 2011 Archives

cambodia

Social Accountability in Action: Shifting...

How do social accountability initiatives contribute to changing mindsets about governance in Cambodia? The five-part video tells the story of five social accountability initiatives that are rooted in history, traditions, and real needs: Introduction Social accountability and the Media Youth Participation in Governance Social accountability at the Commune Level The Social Accountability Network...

Eagle Eyes

Social accountability, antidote to corruption

With this column, I resume the series on social accountability which I began last month. So far as I have written three columns on the subject: introducing this new governance tool , discussing how it could be mainstreamed , and defining it . In this column, I will examine the utility of social accountability as a solution to corruption, a timely topic given the recent re-arrest of ex-General...

Passage of Freedom of Information Law in the...

The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition issued a statement criticizing the inaction of President Aquino's administration in pushing for a Freedom of Information law in the Philippines. "More than 14 months into his term, President Aquino has not mustered the political will to honor his campaign pact with the people` to assure the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, the legislation the...

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Open Development: Beyond Proprietary Solutions

Information is power - this is not new - but information in the hands of activist citizen groups can determine the course of national development. Information technology , the open source system in particular, has begun to revolutionize the people-centered development movement, contributing to a phenomenon called open development . The open source system enables citizens to access resources...

ANSA Arab World kicks off

ANSA-Arab World received funding to develop a regional network for social accountability in the Middle East and North Africa.  The funding agreement was signed by World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick and Director of Governance and Civic Engagement at CARE, Egypt, Amr Lashin on September 22, 2011. CARE Egypt received a first-year grant of a $ 500 000 from the World Bank’s...

Checkmyschool.org featured by WBI

Checkmyschool.org is featured by World Bank Institute as "an example of collaboration between government, private sector and civil society using ICT to improve service delivery." Checkmyschool.org is an interactive map of basic public education information. It tells us about the condition of the education sector as well as the services and facilities being provided to the public schools. The...

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A Report Back to my Colleagues and Partners in...

Greetings from the just ended WB Annual Meetings for Fall 2011! It is with gladness that I share with you some news and thoughts about some exciting things I have learned during the flurry of activities, conversations, advocacies and sharing in this gathering of CSOs for the WB annual meeting. As you note ANSA EAP has not been investing much time and effort establishing presence in the many...

Eagle Eyes

Social accountability and freedom of information

Access to information is critical for social accountability and governance at large. Most crucial therefore of the tools that promote social accountability is the freedom of information bill which continues to be pending in Congress. For this reason, I devote the fifth column of my social accountability series on this matter. While this has been announced as a priority of President Benigno...

Bangladesh's right to information and social...

The Power of Using the Right to Information Act in Bangladesh: Experiences from the ground can now be downloaded from the World Bank Institute's website.  The publication, published by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative , the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability - South Asia , and the World Bank Institute’s Access to Information Program, "documents the experiences of...

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