BBL | Government Matters: Taking Government interests and incentives for Social Accountability into account

September 10, 2015


The Global Partnership for Social Accountability with Research Triangle Institute International
and the Governance Global Practice invite you to a BBL:


Government Matters: Taking Government interests and incentives for Social Accountability into account



Thursday September 10, 2015 | 12:30 - 2:00pm | Room J7-044
701 18th Street, NW, Washington DC | Light lunch will be served



Dr. Derick W. Brinkerhoff

Distinguished Fellow, International Public Management, RTI International


Dr. Anna Wetterberg

Social Science Research Analyst, International Development Group, RTI International



Roby Senderowitsch

Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank


Social accountability is about citizens, though civil society, engaging with Governments to work together to solve critical governance challenges. It can create an enabling environment in which citizen feedback is used to solve fundamental problems in service delivery, to strengthen the performance public institutions and to hold them to account.

Governments, the so-called ‘supply side’, play a central role in this process. Government attitudes, capacity and responsiveness often define the level of success and sustainable of initiatives. Yet, even if its importance has been widely understood by practitioners and researchers, government influences on social accountability have taken a back seat and more attention is given to the ‘demand side’ – the role of citizens – within social accountability initiatives.


In this BBL Dr. Derick Brinkerhoff and Dr. Anna Wetterberg from RTI International present findings from their ongoing research on social accountability. They particularly focus on the impact of contextual factors, questioning whether social accountability tools and mechanisms achieve their intended results for service delivery, governance, or empowerment. Arguing that state capacity and willingness to engage with citizens is more critical than often recognized, during this BBL they explore factors related to ‘supply side’ responsiveness and draw on their recent article published in Public Administration Review, which looks at four country cases – in Indonesia, the Philippines, Guinea and Rwanda – as well as on a 2015 working paper that reports on research in Indonesia.



Dr. Derick W. Brinkerhoff

Dr. Derick W. Brinkerhoff is Distinguished Fellow in International Public Management with RTI International (Research Triangle Institute) and is an associate faculty member at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. His research and consulting focuses on policy implementation, democracy and governance, decentralization, citizen participation, social accountability, partnerships, and fragile conflict-affected states. He has worked with international donors, public sector agencies, NGOs, and the US military across a broad range of development sectors in 30 countries, with a long-term focus on the health sector. Dr. Brinkerhoff is a co-editor for the journal, Public Administration and Development; and serves on the editorial board of International Review of Administrative Sciences. He is the co-chair of the governance work group of the Society for International Development’s Washington DC chapter. He has published extensively, including eight books and numerous articles and book chapters. He holds a doctorate in public policy and administration from Harvard University and a master’s in public administration from the University of California, Riverside. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.


Dr. Anna Wetterberg
Dr. Anna Wetterberg is a social science research analyst in the Research Triangle Institute’s International Development Group. Dr. Wetterberg has more than 15 years’ experience working on research and operations in international development. In Indonesia, she led a research and training program at the Ministry of Agriculture, worked on strengthening support for small business development, and worked on the pilot for PNPM, the country’s largest poverty alleviation and empowerment program. She has experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods and has presented and published research directed both at policy-makers and academic audiences. Her current research interests include state-society relations, local governance, and frontline service delivery. Dr. Wetterberg earned her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA in international development policy from Stanford University.

Melanie Robinson

Melanie Robinson is currently the executive director for the U.K. at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She worked for more than a decade at The Department for International Development (DFID) in its headquarters in London and country offices in Maputo and Addis Ababa. Most recently, she served as the country director for DFID Ethiopia. Melanie holds a Master’s degree in Modern History from Oxford University and an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University.

Roby Senderowitsch

Roby Senderowitsch currently serves as Program Manager of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). He previously served as Country Manager of the World Bank in the Dominican Republic. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, his work in the Bank included a strong focus on political economy analysis, building coalitions for change, anti-corruption, and performance based management of public institutions. Before joining the Bank, Roby work with several NGOs in Argentina and Cuba, where he served as the Field Representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has been a lecturer in Human Resource management in nonprofit organizations, as well as director of educational programs and community development and human resource management in the private sector. Roby holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Buenos Aires and a series of postgraduate courses at Harvard and Stanford University.

Video Recording will be made available after the event.


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