April 2013 Archives

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Partners launch projects with stakeholders’...

Three (3) member organizations of the Northern Luzon Coalition for Good Governance (NLCGG) conducted separate stakeholders’ meetings to launch their social accountability (SAc) initiatives in the provinces of Pangasinan, Abra, and Kalinga here in the Philippines in line with the project entitled Enhancing the Impact of Citizen-Led Transparency Initiatives. The said project, which started...

Rethinking Partnership

by Vivien Suerte-Cortez Partnership-building is one of the interesting challenges under ANSA-EAP’s Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) project . Most standard legal references define partnerships as people or groups who share equal responsibility for profits, losses, debts, and liabilities in a business. Several governance books will introduce you to keywords like cooperation, mutual...

Naga council fortifying local democracy through...

NAGA CITY, Mar. 21 (PIA) -- The Naga City People's Council (NCPC) is pushing for the program, "Expanding and Fortifying Local Democracy through People's Council in the Philippines," before the city officials of this city, members of various people's organization and other stakeholders recently in pursuit of empowering members of the community by encouraging their participation in various...

Ghana monitors its waste disposal using a...

With the aid of the World Bank, a new mobile application has been designed and developed to monitor waste disposal in Ghana. Officially launched as "The Ghana Districts Monitor", the smartphone-based app also known as "Taarifa" which means "headline" in Swahili, is to help citizens and local governments to keep track of waste disposal across the country. In a blog post March 26, 2013, Gaurav...

Open data platforms: a tool to revolutionise...

In an article for, Newstime Africa on open data platforms, Mr. Jay Naidoo, founding General Secretary of Cosatu, former Minister in the Mandela Government and Chair of a GAIN a Global Foundation Fighting malnutrition in the World wrote "New models are needed to increase sustainability. Open data is not just government data — it can come from many sources. Several host organisations have...

Good governance in Bohol

The sixth in Dean Antonio La Viña's series on social accountabilty and the G-Watch project of the Ateneo School of Government.  In this article, he discussed G-Watch's experience with the municipality of San Miguel in Bohol and the lessons we can take from them.  He wrote "I find in G-Watch's San Miguel experiences that President Ramon Magsaysay’s honorable belief that...

Fostering social accountability through...

By Lilian Kiefer GOOD governance focuses on the extent to which governments enact and implement policies in the interest of all citizens and the effective translation of public resources into public services. Decentralisation, a process of redistributing or dispersing functions, powers, people or things away from a central location or authority allows for popular participation in...

Constructive engagement with government

With four cities and one municipality, the Ateneo School of Government's Government Watch (G-Watch) Pilot Run project (this is the final of seven columns on this project) had the lowest tier of Philippine government covered; the sixth site would cover an equally critical government level, provincial. Provinces, too, receive their own internal revenue allotment from the national budget; they...

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