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Demanding Good Governance : Lessons from Social Accountability Initiatives in Africa - World Bank

Demanding Good Governance

Lessons from Social Accountability Initiatives in Africa

By: World Bank, Mary McNeil (Editor), Carmen Malena (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd June 2010
ISBN: 9780821383803
Number Of Pages: 236

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Social Accountability Refers To The Wide Range Of Citizen Actions To hold the state to account, as well as actions on the part of government, media, and other actors that promote or facilitate these efforts. Social accountability strategies and tools help empower ordinary citizens to exercise their inherent rights to hold governments accountable for the use of public funds and how they exercise authority. This book explains what social accountability means in the African context, distilling some common success factors and lessons that can help other practitioners and innovators in the field.

Demanding Good Governance: Lessons from Social Accountability Initiatives in Africa presents case studies from a cross-section of countries, drawing on initiatives launched and implemented both by civil society groups and by local and national governments in countries with a wide range of political contexts and cultures. The case studies demonstrate that although social accountability approaches are strongly influenced by many underlying legal, social, cultural, and economic factors, they can still be implemented in difficult political environments (for example, in Zimbabwe). They point to the overriding problem of access to information (Ghana, Malawi, and Zimbabwe) and the low readability of information when it is available (Benin). They demonstrate what can happen when governments and civil society work together to institute accountability measures (Nigeria) and the implementation challenges they face in environments ranging from decentralized (Tanzania) to more centralized (Senegal).

Development professionals have traditionally assumed that Africa's governance and service delivery challenges must be addressed from the top down. The reality is the opposite; bottom-up civilian-led social accountability mechanisms have proven to be versatile, adaptable, and highly effective in enhancing development prospects across a number of African countries. This collection of case studies is an invaluable guide to practitioners seeking a better grasp of how to implement and strengthen such mechanisms, and it represents an important contribution to the literature.-James D. Wolfensohn Wolfensohn Fund Management, L.P. Former President, World Bank Group

This book provides a succinct exposition of the central role of civil society organizations in governance enforcement through social accountability. I find it a welcome addition to the extant literature on social accountability and its intertwined relationship with good governance and the need for increased public participation of both women and men for improved public service delivery.-Frannie A. LTautier Executive Secretary The African Capacity Building Foundation Harare, Zimbabwe

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
About the Editorsp. xv
About the Contributorsp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Map: Social Accountability Initiatives from Seven Selected Countriesp. xxvi
Social Accountability in Africa: An Introductionp. 1
Participatory Budgeting in Fissel, Senegalp. 29
Civic Participation in Policy and Budgetary Processes in Ilala Municipal Council, Tanzaniap. 53
Tracking the Ghana District Assemblies Common Fundp. 71
Enhancing Civil Society Capacity for Advocacy and Monitoring: Malawi's Poverty Reduction Strategy Budgetp. 89
Gender-Sensitive and Child-Friendly Budgeting in Zimbabwep. 109
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and Publish What You Pay Nigeriap. 137
Citizen Control of Public Action: The Social Watch Network in Beninp. 163
Social Accountability in Africa: An Analysisp. 185
Indexp. 223
Boxes
Civil Society Organization Conducts Education Expenditure Tracking Surveys in Malawip. 10
Citizen Report Card "Roadshows" in Kenyap. 11
Bogotá Cómo Vamos: Citizen Evaluation of Public Services in Colombiap. 21
Children's Participation in Budgeting Processesp. 124
Figures
Key Benefits of Social Accountabilityp. 12
The Participatory Budgeting Implementation Process in Fissel, Senegalp. 34
Criteria for Citizen and Council Participation in Participatory Budgetingp. 38
Tables
Social Accountability Practices in the Seven Case Studiesp. 8
Case Study Characteristicsp. 23
PM&E Criteria Identified by the Learning Groupp. 37
Fissel Priority Action Matrix (2004 Budget)p. 40
Criteria for the Decision-Making Process in the Fissel Rural Councilp. 48
Comparison of Service Levels between Ilala and Tanzania, Fy2000/01p. 57
Disbursements to DACF, 1999-2002p. 83
Aspects of Enabling and Disabling Environments for Social Accountability in Africa: Case Study Evidencep. 187
Challenges for Social Accountability in Africa: Case Study Evidencep. 196
Success Factors for Social Accountability in Africa: Case Study Evidencep. 206
Lessons Learned about Social Accountability in Africa: Case Study Evidencep. 212
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ISBN: 9780821383803
ISBN-10: 0821383809
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 23rd June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.36

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