September 2015 Archives

Civil society: A key partner for post-2015...

Nicholas Booth and Beniam Gebrezghi Earlier this month, the world took a momentous step forward: the 193 member states of the UN reached an agreement on the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York. Concluding a negotiating process that spanned more than two years, the agenda features 17 new...

GPSA: Bridging the Gap Between What Citizens...

August 11, 2015 © Josef S. Trommer/World Bank Until recently, the Government of Malawi faced difficulties tracking whether teaching and learning materials, such as textbooks, were delivered to schools in a timely manner. Monitoring teacher absenteeism – whether teachers even showed up at schools – was another serious concern. Now with the click of a button, the Ministry of...

Social Accountability in the Philippines: An...

By Charlotte Ørnemark, Knowledge & Learning, GPSA   A shiny roof reflects the scorching mid-day sun as we approach the newly renovated building. Here, in the only school on the small island of Unisan in the Guimaras Province of the Philippines, some 104 children spend their days from Kindergarten to Grade 6.   Today this remote island in the Pacific Ocean looks like a...

Mixing established practices with democratic...

By Adelle Chua The new chairman of the Commission on Audit has boarded the Citizen Participatory Audit vehicle, declaring his support to the project at the photo and video exhibit during the COA week celebration. Former Palace deputy executive secretary, lawyer and now COA chairman Atty. Michael Aguinaldo said that the CPA, which brings together state auditors and civil society organizations...

Aniecito

"Aniecito", a video documentary on school health and nutrition program, wins in the Film Festival of the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila. It was produced through the Building Bridges for Better Spending project of the Results for Development, implemented through Ateneo School of Government. Watch the video at...

ADB Publishes “Governance Brief” on Engaging...

The Asian Development Bank published today a new Governance Brief written by PTF Chief Technical Officer, Vinay Bhargava, on "Engaging Citizens and Civil Society to Promote Good Governance and Development Effectiveness." There is a growing movement for governments to call for greater citizen participation in the design and implementation of public policies and programs. This movement...

Citizens prevail

By Adelle Chua | Sep. 07, 2015 at 12:01am Contrary to any myth or propaganda, no single person, party or political affiliation has the monopoly on that thing called “governance.”  It’s a big word. The Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific defines good governance as “a way of decision-making and implementation that aims to achieve...

Improving Government-Civil Society Interactions...

By Mary Francoli, Alina Ostling, and Fabro Steibel Civic engagement is at the heart of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). In signing the Open Government Declaration, OGP members commit to engaging citizens in the development, implementation, and monitoring of their National Action Plans. As OGP is nascent, we are still learning about how governments and civil society interact within its...

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