July 2015 Archives

Writeshop looks at form and substance of CPA...

Six audit teams composed of COA auditors, COA engineers and citizen representatives finalized their audit reports during a two-day writeshop held June 17-18 at Empire Suites, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The teams looked into various local government-administered farm to market roads across Palawan province, using geotagging technology, from January to March this year. The teams also...

Open data as anti-poverty tool must get smarter

The buzz in the development community a few years ago was all about governments opening up their treasure troves of data to the public. It would empower citizens to hold decision-makers to account, reduce corruption and improve service delivery. Ask experts in governance and transparency today what impact open data is having on improving people’s lives, and they rely on anecdotes....

Social accountability: an antidote for corruption

July 4, 2015 BY Junaid Zahid Accountability is a consequence of the implicit social compact between citizens and their delegated representatives and agents. Social accountability is a new buzzword for the development partners around the world in order to understand accountability that is based on civic engagement. Social accountability is regarded as demand side of good governance, which...

Why citizen-led assessments of educational...

This week, Results for Development’s education team published a multi-year effort assessing the effectiveness and impact of citizen-led education assessments of student learning. The various initiatives and campaigns (“CLAs” for short) are part of a vanguard effort in the education and transparency communities to leverage volunteer-led testing of student competencies towards...

CheckMyBarangay pilots in two Caloocan villages

The Caloocan city government has committed to endorse and support the implementation of CheckMyBarangay (CMB), a project of ANSA-EAP that seeks to empower citizens by enabling their participation in public processes at the barangay level. During a  partnership meeting held June 30 at the Caloocan City hall, city administrator Engr Oliver Hernandez and Planning and Development head Aurora...

Children as partners in disaster rehabilitation

Over 1.6 million children were seriously affected by typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines in November 2013. And yet, children are often not within the ‘radar’ of adults when it comes to disaster rehabilitation efforts. If they are, children are often marginalized or, worse, often thought of as beneficiaries, rather than as active participants. This sentiment was echoed...

Youth tackle leadership, ICT’s role in...

More than 200 university and high school students, principals, teachers and NGO staff exchanged views on leadership and the use of information and communication technology in social development in a community outreach activity organized by CheckMySchool on July 2. Among the speakers were ANSA-EAP’s support head for CMS San Chey, University of Management and Economy Director Keo Chan...

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