Browse by Theme: Inclusive Governance

CARE has a long history of applying social accountability approaches across multiple sectors. One of CARE’s most effective tools for social accountability is the Community Score Card© (CSC). This briefing paper outlines CARE’s history in designing and implementing the CSC and highlights the evidence generated over nearly two decades of implementation and adaptation.

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One persistent challenge with social accountability approaches is that, while they can and do bring meaningful change at the individual and community-level, they often struggle to maintain momentum without significant external support and thus fail to unlock regional and national resources. In 2015, CARE partnered with Malawi’s Ntcheu district government to explore new approaches for institutionalising social accountability efforts in family planning (FP) service delivery.

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Adaptive management approaches potentially offer us opportunities to deliver high quality results in circumstances where change is complex, including in fragile, unstable or conflict affected places. However, building adaptive programming continues to be a challenge for the sector.

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When this new government was elected, CARE International UK and our supporters called for four actions in their first 100 days that would demonstrate their commitment to gender equality, tackling climate change and spearheading international development.

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Promoting inclusive governance for CARE means that women, men, girls and boys should have the opportunity and ability to participate meaningfully in public decisions that affect their lives, hold decision-makers to account and provide feedback on the relevance and effectiveness of actions by public authorities and other power-holders, including CARE. This report highlights accomplishments and lessons on promoting our Inclusive Governance approach across the CARE confederation based on data from July 2016 to June 2017.

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“Even as a child, we were always told to fear the police. But seldom were we taught that the police is there for us. We need to work together to change this narrative, and one of the approaches is participating in the Community Score Card,” says Inspector Ram Chandra Ghimire of the Area Police Office in Jaubari, Gorkha. So how has the Community Score Card process, under the DFID-funded Safe Justice project, helped the Nepal Police to strengthen police and community collaboration?

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It’s something every country in the world can use right now: braver citizens and more responsive governments. That’s what CARE’s Implementation of Social Accountability Framework project in Cambodia achieved. So how did we do it, and what are the key learning points?

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