February 2013 Archives

Open Government Networking Mechanism Webinar on...

The World Bank Institute (WBI) and Global Integrity will be sponsoring the " Open Government Networking Mechanism Webinar on Proactive Transparency ".  The presenters for the webinar are: Ms. Helen Darbishire, Executive Director, Access Info Europe; and Mr. Kevin Dunion, Executive Director, Center for Freedom of Information, University of Dundee. Details on the webinar can be read here...

People participation in Naga City

People participation in Naga City is the second of Dean Tony La Viña's series on social accountability, constructive engagement and the G-Watch. In this article he tells the story of G-Watch's efforts in Naga city as one of the 6 pilot areas for the G-Watch localization project. One takeaway from the Naga pilot run is that "... it is not easy, even for a city revolutionized by as remarkable a...

GPSA call for proposal is now open

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), a coalition of donors, governments and civil society organizations (CSOs) that aims to improve development results by supporting capacity building for enhanced citizen feedback and participation announced its first call for proposals . The call for proposals is open to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks based and...

Kenya High Court stops release of CDF cash

The Daily Nation reports that Kenya's High Court "stopped the disbursement of Sh10 billion Constituency Development Fund (CDF) money for completion of pending projects before the elections." "Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi Friday issued an injunction blocking the CDF board from releasing the money and restrained officials from using it until a petition that had raised issues of “transparency...

Citizen Participatory Audit Project launch video

Last November 2012, ANSA-EAP, the Commission on Audit and the Departnment of Public Works and Higway launched the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) Project.  The project aims to "enhance government transparency through citizen participation in the audit process and to increase awareness that a vigilant and involved citizenry promotes greater accountability in government". During th launch...

Why the Global Partnership on Social...

In a blog post , Mr. John Garrison stated why he thinks the Global Partnership on Social Accountability (GPSA) is different funding sources, CSOs are represented in its governance: "The GPSA is unique for several reasons.  First, it will provide longer term funding (3 -5 years) to CSOs as well as cover some of their institutional costs.  Second, the GPSA is the first Bank-managed...

ANSA-EAP Manager one of Manila's 40 under 40

Ms. Vien Suerte-Cortez , ANSA-EAP's manager for country innovations is one of the 40 young leaders selected in the devex 40 under 40 International Development leaders in Manila . The 40 under 40 award was developed by devex "to highlight and celebrate the important work of the next generation of leaders in the global development community in Metro Manila".  The awardees were selected...

Reforms from below

The third article in Dean Tony La Viña's series on the G-Watch and social accountability . Here he discussed G-Watch's project in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS). He shows how the project, a tax collection accountability mechanism, was met with skepticism, but was eventually successful through the efforts of grassroots organizations. "Skepticism will always be attendant to democratic...

iMonitor: A tool for more transparent and...

Quezon City - ANSA-EAP and its partners from the Philippines gathered for the soft launch of iMonitor on 25 January 2013 at the Oracle Hotel in Quezon City, Philippines. iMonitor is an online portal for submitting procurement observers’ reports. Through this online portal, submitted reports can be linked to a map of government procuring entities and projects nationwide. Through iMonitor,...

Social accountability and public health

This is Dean tony La vina's fourth article in his series of columns on the G-Watch and social accountability . In this column, he discussed how G-Watch worked with the local government of Dumaguete City on how to employ social accountability to deliver health services more effectively.

Hills Governance Update: Governance Challenges...

The Hills Program on Governance, a program of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has released “ Governance Challenges Ahead for Indonesia ”, an update written by Natalia Soebagjo, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Governance, University of Indonesia. According to CSIS, the update “details the problems of retaining momentum in...

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