Browse by Theme: Social Accountability

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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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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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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French President Emmanuel Macron convenes a high-level conference in Paris from 11 to 13 November titled the ‘Peace and Governance Forum’, which he has described as the political sister to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. Based on CARE’s programmatic experience in peace and governance work, CARE International Secretary General, Caroline Kende-Robb, shares reflections and recommendations in advance of the forum.

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There is no classroom so you are teaching outside. The children are hungry and distracted. Most of them can’t read. There are no books, pens, paper. And you haven’t been paid this month. Unfortunately, this is too often the reality of teaching in Malawi – but a CARE project, giving parents and the community the tools to support the school and hold it to account, has turned the situation around. Here’s how they did it.

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In August this year, CARE International in Ghana together with its partners – OXFAM and ISODEC – commenced a pilot evaluation of the USAID-funded Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) project, using an innovative approach to impact evaluation called Contribution Tracing. Here’s what we did, and five key lessons we learned.

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