February 2014 Archives

Illegal book hawkers warned

Mon, 3 February 2014 Mom Kunthear Market vendors hawking pirated government textbooks have a month to get their shops in order if they want to avoid an authority-led crackdown, a statement released on Friday by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport warns. Selling or buying textbooks labelled “not for sale” or “belongs to the State” is illegal, the statement signed...

Social Accountability in Public Governance: A...

Guest post by Arun Sivaramakrishnan There has been a push for infusing public governance through social accountability, which is 'voice oriented' civic engagement over government policies and programs for effective governance. This post attempts to make sense of this novel approach in the field of development practice. Accountability in public governance has been traditionally understood...

Thinking Politically about Social Accountability

Brendan Halloran / January 20, 2014 There has been some great new work out on social accountability (SA), an increasingly significant area of development funding for governance work.  Many of these new reflections begin to look at SA through a political lens, and indicate what politically informed SA work might look like. Fletcher Tembo at ODI recently presented some lessons from the...

Open Government Partnership Webinar on Drafting...

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 AM EST (15:00 GMT) Drawing on past experience supporting countries developing action plans along with specific insights gle aned from the IRM assessments, the session will walk participants through guidelines, tools, and techniques for drafting clear commitments and high quality action plans. Participation is open to both government and civil society...

Rethinking Social Accountability in Africa

Mwanachi, a Swahili word that means ordinary citizen, is the name of a governance and transparency program that was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development for five years in six African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leonne, Uganda, and Zambia. This program is the focus of a new report entitled Rethinking Social Accountability in Africa by Fletcher Tembo ,...

District Education Offices Stole Free Books for...

By Matt Blomberg and Ben Sokhean | February 13, 2014 An investigation by two NGOs has uncovered a network of Education Ministry officials stealing schoolbooks that were intended to be given free to students, and then either selling them back to schools or in local markets. The investigation, conducted in December and January, found that officials at district education departments had...

School books missing in huge numbers: NGOs

Thu, 13 February 2014 Chhay Channyda School textbooks never arrived for 69 per cent of high school students in four provinces last year, an NGO investigation has found. Presented during a conference in the capital yesterday, the survey is a follow-up to a study published in December that sampled 489 students across 33 schools in Kampot, Kampong Speu, Kampong Cham and Phnom Penh, and was...

Study Finds Deficient Textbooks as Major...

Men Kimseng , VOA Khmer 14 February 2014 WASHINGTON DC - A new study finds that education quality in Cambodia has been hampered by poor textbooks, poorly distributed. A study by the Khmer Institute for National Development and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific found books with poor spelling and content, sometimes not even making it into the hands of...

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