Research Workshop: The Quest for Citizen-led Accountability – Looking into the state

April 30, 2015

Research Workshop: The Quest for Citizen-led Accountability– Looking into the state

Making All Voices Count will host, “The Quest for Citizen-led Accountability – Looking into the state”, a 1 day research workshop at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK on Thursday 30th April 2015, in partnership with the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) and
the Transparency Accountability Initiative (TAI).

Watch the live stream here.

The focus of this workshop will be on an overarching theme of “the quest for citizen-led accountability – looking into the state”, delving into understanding better the workings of the state/governments so as to better understand when citizen-initiated accountability efforts do and don’t gain purchase and contribute to greater responsiveness and accountability.
During the workshop we will dive deep into thorny issues such as:
  • Beyond ‘context matters’ to how to deconstruct context.
  • Sectoral approaches to social accountability.
  • If power and politics are important, how do we work politically in practice?

Agenda (BST)

9:30-10:00 Introduction
Rosie McGee/Duncan Edwards – Introducing the Making All Voices CountResearch, Evidence and Learning Strategy
Where does this event sit within joint Making All Voices Count/GPSA/TAI series?
10.00-11.00 Deconstructing Context
Anu Joshi (IDS) and Helene Grandvoinnet (World Bank) – Understanding Context within the State
11.15-13:00 Accountability and the state – tax, services and budgets
Mick Moore (IDS) – Tax and accountability
Gerry Bloom (IDS) and Alex Shankland (IDS) – Health systems and accountability
Claire Schouten (IBP) – Budget coalitions in education? Budgets as a means to link across sectors?
14:00-15:30 Working from the outside in
How have NGOs engaged and built alliances with the state? (NGO/CSO Panel – TBC), Walter Flores (CEGGS)
Patta Scott-Villiers (IDS) – Unruly politics? Food riots and government responsiveness
15:45-17:00 Plenary
Where do we go from here? How do we build alliances? How do we work across civil society and the state?
The participant places at the event will be limited so we ask you to register your interest in participating here.
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015