March 2016 Archives

Motivations

New meets old at CMS consultations

New Checkmyschoool coordinators met their more experienced counterparts in a consultation and updating sessions held in Cagayan de Oro City on February 8-11, 2016. The CMS secretariat, led by ANSA-EAP Executive Director Redempto Parafina, led the four-day meeting with 24 area coordinators who talked about the coordination with local Education officials, expansion of covered areas, changes in...

Social accountability vital for building trust...

Development projects that pay greater attention to social accountability can improve citizen-state relations and trust in Uganda and other fragile countries, according to new research by peacebuilding organisation, International Alert. The report, titled Making social accountability work: Promoting peaceful development in Uganda, evaluates two large-scale development projects undertaken in...

No movie, no map, no money: Local road...

"..the simple act of posting the exact location and path of a road project means that it can be tracked and subject to citizen feedback. This gives the country at least the opportunity to check whether the right roads are getting built at the right time and cost." "...of course on-line roads transparency is no silver bullet. The World Development Report 2016 on the Internet & Development,...

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Social Accountability in School Planning:...

Next only to the local Khmer food, what the ANSA staff liked best during their nearly two weeks' stay in Cambodia was the attitude of openness and enthusiasm that local school stakeholders showed for the 3-day activity called "Modeling a Multistakeholder School-Based Planning Workshop" held in Kampong Cham Province (February 10-12, 2016) and in the capital city of Phnom Penh (February 15-17,...

Citizens, local execs ask CoA to clarify rules...

Local executives in disaster-stricken areas are hesitant to spend their disaster risk reduction management fund for fear they may get called out by the Commission on Audit. This was the main takeaway from the dialogue held between the Center for Community Journalism and Development and the Commission on Audit, as facilitated by the Citizen Participatory Audit team of ANSA-EAP. The dialogue held...

Youth Infomediaries: agents of accountability...

As the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were being launched last September, Heads of State and Government made a commitment to “accountability to our citizens” in the implementation of this new agenda. In 2016, when we talk about citizens, we’re mainly talking about young people: the 3.5 billion people on the planet who are under 30 years old. The problem is that most...

Call for Applications

ANSA-EAP is looking for an Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant shall provide support to Checkmyshcool's operations in terms of technical, administrative , clerical, logistical and internal communications. The Administrative Assistant shall also provide additional assistance to the Communications and Sustainability component of Checkmyschool. He or she is directly accountable...

Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)

In October 2010, three men - Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey; Cory Booker, who was then mayor of Newark, N.J.; and Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook - appeared together on The Oprah Winfrey Show to announce an ambitious reform plan for Newark Public Schools. On the show, Zuckerberg pledged a $100 million matching grant to support the goal of making Newark a model for how to...

COA bares gains of participatory audit

March 19, 2016 10:14 pm by IZA IGLESIAS The Commission on Audit (COA) showcased in a forum the achievements of the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) program, a partnership with people’s organizations and the general public. As a reform strategy and audit technique, CPA brings together civil society organizations (CSOs), citizens and auditors of the COA as an audit team, aimed at...

Officials Use Government Letterhead for Private...

by Kuch Naren and Buth Kimsay | March 24, 2016 | អានជាភាសាខ្មែរ Ruling party lawmaker Chheang Vun on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing after using his government position to compel the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications to clear up dangling electrical wires in front of a restaurant he owns. A December 17 letter from Mr. Vun to Posts and Telecommunications...

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