BBL | Using Citizen Engagement and Social Accountability Approaches in Mitigating Fraud, Errors and Corruption in Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

February 09, 2016

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) and the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice at the World Bank invite you to a BBL:

Using Citizen Engagement and Social Accountability Approaches in Mitigating Fraud, Errors and Corruption in Conditional Cash Transfer Programs​



Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:30 –2:00pm
Room J7-044
701 18th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
A light lunch will be served. 




Dr. Vinay Bhargava
Chief Technical Adviser and Board member
Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF)

 Shomikho Raha
Governance and Public Sector Specialist
Governance Global Practice, World Bank

Carine Clert
Lead Social Protection Specialist
Social Protection and Labor Global Practice, World Bank

Maria Poli
Capacity-Building Coordinator
Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), World Bank


The number of countries with Conditional Cash Transfer Programs (CCTPs) has steadily increased from 27 in 2008 to 53 in 2013. The growing popularity of CCTPs is due to their proven effectiveness in reducing poverty. However, CCTP achievements are often undermined by integrity risks due to fraud, errors, and corruption.

Studies of CCTPs in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East reveal that state led control and accountability mechanisms are not fully effective and fraud, error and corruption persist.  Most of these studies recommend the use of social accountability initiatives to complement the state-led efforts. 

This BBL focuses on a recent paper by the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF): “Citizen Engagement and Social Accountability Approaches in Enhancing Integrity of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs” and identifies best practices and lessons for greater engagement of citizens and social accountability initiatives.



Dr. Vinay Bhargava
Dr. Vinay Bhargava is Chief Technical Adviser and Board member at the Partnership for Transparency Fund, an international NGO. PTF is a volunteer’s organization and supports citizen engagement with governments to improve development effectiveness through transparency, accountability and reduced corruption. Dr. Vinay Bhargava is an international development and governance specialist. He pursues these interests as a volunteer, professor, consultant and author. He teaches at George Washington University, USA and at Kobe University, Japan. He has worked as a development specialist in South Asia, East Asia, Western Africa, Eastern Europe and Middle East. He is a former Country Director and former Director, International Affairs at the World Bank.

He has written and spoken extensively on the subject of fighting corruption particularly through citizen and civil society led programs. He has authored several books and contributed chapters in many others such as: Global Issues for Global Citizens; Challenging Corruption in Asia; Many Faces of Corruption; Citizens Against Corruption; and Ending Asian Deprivations.

Shomikho Raha
Shomikho Raha is a Governance and Public Sector Specialist in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank.  He has previously worked in the South Asia Human Development unit of the Bank and for the demand for good governance & social accountability cluster within its Social Development Department (SDV).  He has been a senior adviser to the Asia Foundation, worked for the Government of India and as a Governance Adviser for DFID, covering reform of public administration and public services in health, education and water-sanitation.  His work relates to the political economy of public policy reform, human resource management for organizational performance and transparency and accountability initiatives.  Dr. Raha has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and policy reports, which include co-authoring the World Bank flagship publication “Opening the Black Box: The Contextual Drivers of Social Accountability”.  He holds a PhD and MPhil, MA degrees with a focus on politics and economic history from Trinity College, Cambridge University.          

Carine Clert
Biography to be provided soon.

Maria Poli
Maria Poli currently serves as GPSA's Capacity-Building Coordinator, from where she leads the delivery of implementation support to GPSA grantees and government counterparts. She has also coordinated the technical review and selection process for the GPSA's three Global Calls for Proposals, and helped to set up the Program's operations and social accountability approach. Prior to this, she supported the implementation of the WB's Governance and Anti-corruption (GAC) strategy in core public sector and sectorial reforms in the Latin America and Caribbean region, including in social protection, health, education, W&S, energy and transport operations. Before joining the WB, she worked for ten years with CSOs in South America, the Caribbean and Central America doing public policy advocacy and organizing multi-stakeholder coalitions for government transparency and accountability; she was elected vice-chair of the Social Forum for Transparency (Argentina), and also worked in the public sector in Argentina and the Dominican Republic. Maria is a Fulbright fellow, and holds a master's degree in public policy from  Johns Hopkins University, a postgraduate degree in Civil Society Studies (San Andres and Di Tella Universities' joint degree, Argentina), and a B.A. in International Relations (Argentina).