May 2016 Archives

Citizen Monitoring Ensures Textbook Delivery,...

LILONGWE, April 26, 2016 - After a four-year textbook drought, a truck laden with textbooks arrived at Malimbwe Primary School in Mitundu, central Malawi in February. This was a result of joint efforts by civil society and the community supported by the World Bank’s social accountability program to address a major problem derailing primary education outcomes in Malawi. The World...

Measuring the pulse of Africa one phone call at...

In urban Tanzania, sick people wait on average for 76 minutes at a health facility before seeing a qualified medical professional. In September 2014, 82 percent of households in Lome (Togo) felt that the frequency of power outages decreased compared to the previous six months (March 2014).   In the data-driven world of policy making, such statistics discerned from surveys can help policy...

ACU Chief Dares Critics to Beat Sons at...

by Khy Sovuthy | April 30, 2016 Faced with accusations of nepotism over the appointment of his two sons, Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chairman Om Yentieng on Friday challenged critics to face off with the pair in tests that would include liberating hostages, skydiving, and spying on terrorists. Mr. Yenting’s sons, Yentieng Pu­thira and Yentieng Puthirith, were named as assistants to...

Ideas for Future Work on Transparency and...

Founded in 2010, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (T/AI)—a collaborative undertaking of five private and public funders active in the governance field—seeks to support and generate innovative, practical work on transparency and accountability. T/AI believes in the potential to seize momentum generated by different strands of the thriving global transparency and...

Quick wins and Quiet Revolutions in Indonesia’s...

In schools across the Semarang region of Indonesia, a small revolution is taking place. Students, parents and head teachers are coming together for the first time to challenge poor school facilities and teacher performance via Cek Sekolah Ku (Check my School), an online platform that publicises school budgets, allows students to highlight teacher absenteeism, and reports issues directly to the...

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Checkmyschool report spurs workshop, reform...

Education problems in Cambodia are not limited to the quality of instruction, according to a school monitoring report by Checkmyschool Cambodia that was disseminated to communities in Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham province. Primary and lower secondary school students likewise face a shortage of toilets and clean water, traffic, and debilitating heat. In some cases, the report said, students...

Public presentation highlights participatory...

Key players of the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) renewed their commitment to build on the early gains of the project and pursue its institutionalization at the Commission on Audit (COA) as a means of achieving transparency and accountability in governance. At the CPA public presentation held March 18 at the CoA auditorium, auditors from the central and regional offices of the CoA,...

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CPA team members become ‘climate warriors’

Members of the Citizen Participatory Audit team of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific attended three-day workshop on climate change facilitated by former United States Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore. Held at the Sofitel from March 14 to 16, 2016, the workshop was organized by Climate Reality Philippines. More than 700 representatives of...

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