Global Partners Forum 2017 | Citizen Engagement: Scaling Up Social Accountability for Inclusive Water Services | October 31, 2017

This session discussed challenges encountered, lessons learnt and impacts observed in integrating social accountability approaches in the water sector. In 2016, the GPSA and the Water Partnership Program initiated a collaboration to support the operationalization of social accountability approaches in water sector. This collaboration is supporting two projects in the Water sector in Benin and Niger. In Benin, GPSA is working with Helvetas to help advance the social accountability agenda in the water sector by building capacity of citizens as well as government officials. In Niger, in partnership with Search for Common Ground, the GPSA-WPP collaboration is supporting creation of a multi-stakeholder platform to address governance issues in the water sector. In addition to these projects, the collaboration has also supported development of knowledge products including a framework of social accountability specifically for water sector that aims to provide guidance to practitioners aiming to integrate social accountability in the sector.

World Water Week 2017 | Citizen Engagement: Scaling up Social Accountability in Water | August 29, 2017

Millions of people remain excluded from water resources and services. This interactive event will offer evidence on giving citizens a voice and decision making power and how it can lead to greater inclusion and improved waste management. More information coming soon.

Europe & Central Asia (ECA) Regional Forum | May 23-25, 2017

Together with the GPSA and the World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), Oxfam is organizing the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Forum on Social Accountability in the water sector in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Webinar | Improving Functionality and Sustainability of Water Systems in Rural Settings through Social Accountability Mechanisms | March 28, 2017

Access to safe, reliable, and sustainable water remains a challenge in many parts of the world, often because water systems are not really functioning, or do not exist at all. In addition, coverage, quality, continuity and price of water services also often differ widely between urban centers and rural areas. All too often deficiencies in the water sector are not caused by the lack of water or financial resources, but are rooted in poor governance in the water sector. This webinar explores how HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation addresses these issues in its water project on social accountability in Benin and in other countries. It looks at the key issues that make water governance in rural settings such a challenge, and presents examples how accountability mechanisms in municipal planning and monitoring processes can be improved.

E-Forum | Improving Water Governance Through Social Accountability | March 28, 2017

This e-forum will contribute to: (1) learning about CSO, citizen, and government capacity to implement social accountability strategies and tools in order to monitor and improve water service delivery; (2) understanding how citizen feedback that can be used to inform the design and implementation of water governance projects; and (3) support information and education campaigns to raise awareness among the general public of current water, sanitation, and governance issues.

BBL | Gender & Social Inclusion in Strategic Social Accountability Approaches: Lessons from the Water Sector in Tajikistan | January 26, 2017 | Download the BBL Summary 

Together with the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, Social Inclusion Global Solutions Group and the Governance Global Practice, the GPSA held a discussion about gender and social inclusion in strategic social accountability approaches. Using the GPSA Water Project in Tajikistan as a case study, participants discussed lessons learned from the process to date, and explored additional insights from other projects that have tried to address the same challenges using recommendations given by the Water Global Practice Gender Toolkit. 

World Water Week 2016 | Secure Water, Empowered Citizens: What Can Social Accountability Achieve | August 27-September 2, 2016

On August 27-September 2, 2016, the GPSA participated in the World Water Week 2016, hosted in Stockholm, Sweden. The objective of this engagement was to raise the visibility of the GPSA’s work in the water sector and to connect with relevant stakeholders, with a particular focus on forging new collaboration and partnership arrangements.

Webinar | Social Accountability in the WASH Sector - Collaboration and Momentum from the World Water Week in Stockholm | September 14, 2016

At the SIWI World Water Week in Stockholm, a number of organizations came together in a session to share experiences on social accountability. They used this opportunity to identify some common areas to work on and continue to share and learn from each other as well as from other sectors. This webinar provided a taster of the key issues discussed during that session and will offer an opportunity for other organizations to share and feed in ideas and advice. This webinar was presented by Louisa Gosling for WaterAid, Nick Hepworth from Water Witness International and Pendo Hyera from Shahidi wa Maji, who were at Stockholm’s session. 

E-Forum | September 14-28, 2016
This webinar was followed by a two-week e-forum to continue the discussions and exchanges started at the Stockholm’s session and the GPSA KP webinar. 

GPSA Global Partners Forum 2016 | Advancing Social Accountability in the Water Sector | May 20, 2016

The session consisted of a brainstorming session on how to advance social accountability in the water sector, as well as discuss opportunities and challenges. Practitioners may approach the work on the Water sector from various perspectives, including from a human right angle, as a governance/ integrity issue; and as a service delivery issue. This has different implications for implementing social accountability in the water sector. Presentations will focus on key approaches used in several country programmes, challenges faced during project implementation, and results achieved so far. This session also examined the incentives, approaches and issues of interest for businesses and utilities to engage with communities and governments around social accountability in the water sector.

Webinar | Incidencia de la Rendición de Cuentas en la Gobernanza y la Gestión del Agua en América Latina [Spanish] | March 28, 2016

La rendición de cuentas es fundamental para asegurar una adecuada gobernanza y gestión del agua. Las características de la gobernanza, la capacidad de los actores de rendición de cuentas y los esfuerzos de cooperación entre estos afectan las posibilidades de incidir en los procesos de reforma de la gobernanza. En este webinar Andrés Hernández y Jorge Flórez presentan los resultados de una investigación liderada por la Universidad de los Andes y el PNUD en Colombia, México, Chile y Brasil. La presentación incluye una revisión de los principales elementos que permiten analizar la incidencia de la rendición de cuentas en la gobernanza del agua y los principales hallazgos de la investigación en los países analizados y a nivel comparado.

BBL | Social Accountability in the Water Sector: Two Illustrative Examples | March 15, 2016

This event outlined two projects that illustrate the benefits and challenges of using social accountability strategies to strengthen citizen engagement and citizen-driven accountability in order to address critical water governance challenges in developing countries.

Webinar | What is the Role of Citizens in Demanding the Equitable Water Services? WIN's Experiences | February 25, 2016 

Since its inception in 2006, the Water Integrity Network (WIN) has promoted water integrity and documented the importance of fighting corruption in the water sector. By promoting the inclusion of Transparency, Accountability and Participation as main principles that favor the delivery of equitable water services, WIN is presently focusing on gathering solid evidence on the positive impact of Social Accountability Mechanisms. In this webinar, Jacopo Gamba and Lotte Feuerstein presented WIN’s objectives and offer some reflections on the role played by citizens in demanding responsive actions from governments and service providers.