February 2015 Archives

How public participation can patch up the...

By Medha Basu 21/01/2015 Students in the Philippines will spend two more years in school from next year, but a participatory monitoring programme shows that public schools are not equipped for the change. Checkmyschool is a web site for students, parents and teachers from public schools to provide feedback to local governments and the Department of Education on issues, such as the quality of...

COA under Grace

By: Fernando Cabigao Jr., Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism February 2, 2015 10:51 AM MANILA, Philippines -- She is the first female head of the Commission on Audit, but that will not be the only distinction Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan will be remembered for after her term of office lapses tomorrow. Indeed, she will leave behind a trail of groundbreaking reforms in the...

COA Chair Grace Tan says goodbye

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Audit (COA) on Monday bade goodbye to its first woman chair, Grace Pulido-Tan, who considered the institutional reforms she introduced to weed out “misfits” in the agency among her greatest accomplishments during her four-year stint. But Tan, who was named by President Aquino to head the COA in April 2011, would perhaps be best remembered for...

Does Participatory Budgeting Improve...

"This paper provides the first experimental evaluation of the participatory budgeting model showing that it increased public participation in the process of public decision making, increased local tax revenues collection, channeled larger fractions of public budgets to services stated as top priorities by citizens, and increased satisfaction levels with public services. These effects, however,...

Constructive Engagement Process between...

by Vinay Bhargava I was asked by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to facilitate a round-table discussion on the topic  “ Constructive Engagement Process between Governments and CSOs: Are We Getting Results?—Experiences and Lessons from Asia ”. The event, held in July 2014 and sponsored by the Government of the Philippines, the ADB, and the World Bank, featured CSOs from...

Engaging Citizens: A Game Changer for Development?

The World Bank, in partnership with Harvard University's Participedia, London School of Economics, Overseas Development Institute, and Civicus, is offering a free online course on citizen engagement. Scheduled for March 15-April 12, 2015. We encourage you all to join, and please do share with your contacts. To join, go to bit.ly/citizensengage

The Social Accountability Atlas: Civil...

Civil society leaders around the world are working to ensure people have access to quality health, education, and other essential services. Using social accountability approaches, they are leading efforts to make sure funding and other resources for these services results in reliable teachers in classrooms, functioning health facilities, clean water – and ultimately, longer, healthier,...

Powerful Partnerships for Collaborative Governance

February 18, 2015 In the remote mountains of the Muminabad district in the south of Tajikistan, women on a newly formed advisory board are leading to make important human connections between water service providers and consumers. Consumers now have a better way to register their complaints about their water service, thanks to the Muminabad Water Service Providers’ Advisory Board...

Empowering patients in DOH hospitals

By Jess Lorenzo Posted at 02/21/2015 8:51 AM | Updated as of 02/21/2015 8:52 AM Secretary Janette Garin has been at the helm of the Department of Health (DOH) for a short time and she has gotten off on the right foot. In a conversation with her, she said, “The patients need to feel the services and the development in public hospitals.” In line with this, Kaya Natin Movement has...

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