Webinar | Getting the "buy in": Fostering political will for social accountability initiatives

June 15, 2016
Knowledge Platform

Social accountability approaches have achieved impressive results around the globe, demonstrating time and again their ability to: improve public services, enhance well-being, strengthen democracy and build trust between citizens and state actors. Despite this proven track record, lack of political will for social accountability initiatives remains an obstacle. Without the support and “buy-in” of public officials and service providers, social accountability initiatives are unlikely to have significant or sustainable impact.

Why is political will for social accountability lacking? What can we, as citizens, civil society actors, elected representatives, and government officials, do to build broad-based support for social accountability?  As practitioners, what specific actions can we take to foster political will for the social accountability initiatives we seek to implement?

This webinar will seek answers to these crucial questions. Based on her 25 years as a practitioner and researcher, Carmen Malena will draw on case studies and first-hand experiences, to share practical ideas about how to: (i) understand the different elements and key influencing factors of political will, and (ii) formulate practical strategies and tactics to nurture political will. Participants will also be invited to share their own experiences and lessons learned with regard to building political will for social accountability.



Carmen Malena is a political economist with special interest in the areas of social accountability, civil society and participatory governance. For the past 25 years, she has worked as a development practitioner, researcher, writer, trainer and facilitator in more than 20 countries. She has held former positions as director of the global CIVICUS Participatory Governance Program, and as Civil Society Specialist at the World Bank and African Development Bank. Selected publications include: Demanding Good Governance: Lessons from Social Accountability Initiatives in Africa (World Bank, 2010); From Political Won’t to Political Will: Building Support for Participatory Governance (Kumarian, 2009); and, Social Accountability: An Introduction to the Concept and Emerging Practice (World Bank, 2004). At present, in addition to working as a Senior Consultant to the World Bank, she is an Associate of the Coady International Institute (Canada), and collaborates regularly with a range of civil society organizations, foundations and governments.


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