Breakout Sessions - Round 1

October 31, 2018 | 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Please note that these sessions are in draft form, and therefore are subject to change. 

The GPSA recognizes the value of having a diverse set social accountability approaches, methods, and interventions, all of which are applied by organizations across our Global Partners network and in this Forum. The GPSA itself has built, over the past years, its own array of tools, methods and lessons that – while not universal or prescriptive in any way – we would like to share with our partner community.

1. The Missing Middle: Linking Media Development and Social Accountability

Moderator: Mark Nelson, Senior Director, Center for International Media, National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, DC
Discussants: Apollinaire Mupiganyi, Executive Director, Transparency International-Rwanda; Hope Muli, Africa Regional Project Manager for Open Contracting, HIVOS; Fausta Musokwa, Interim Executive Director, Tanzania Media Foundation; Dessi Damianova, Program Development, Free Press Unlimite; Thomas R Lansner, Director, Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI)
Public sentinel, infomediary, public platform, and barometer: media play a number of well-evidenced roles in enabling and scaling up social accountability. Yet media can also serve the interests of the powerful, exacerbate social divisions, and distract the public with trivial and sensationalist coverage that can frustrate or even undo progress in good governance. This panel addresses the often decisive role of media in public debate and how to engage media as an active—yet always independent—agent of social accountability.
Civil society organizations have demonstrated the impact that can be achieved by working with journalists to raise awareness and report powerfully and credibly on social accountability concepts, achievements, and challenges. Separately, a range of other actors are engaged in promoting the development of media systems where pluralism and democratic dialogue can thrive. Seldom discussed, however, is how these efforts can reinforce and strengthen one another – the “missing middle” between social accountability and media development.
The panel includes representatives of organizations on both sides of the “missing middle.” All have worked through various means to strengthen media capacities to build trust among civil society groups, government officials, and citizens—and to grow public trust in media as honest and reliable reporters of current events. The session will also tap the audience’s experiences in engaging with media to advance social accountability, and will highlight ways that reforms of the media sector contribute to reforms in other governance areas.

2. Education & Social Accountability: Can we Break Down the Silos and Raise Human Capital together?

Moderator: Brian Levy, Professor at SAIS and University of Cape Town 

The World Development Reports of 2017 and 2018 advocate for doing education work differently. The Reports call for multi-stakeholder alignment and collective action, underscoring that no single sector can deliver learning and human capital on its own. This is a challenge for social accountability and citizen engagement practitioners, including those who are working on following the money in the sector. How can we break down silos and work with the education system for learning? How can we get past a dialogue of the deaf between a narrow focus on education specific challenges and broader engagement with education stakeholders and the community as a whole? How can we do social accountability differently, so we support its institutionalization in sector reforms efforts and policies?  This session proposes a conversation between participants interested in stepping up actions to integrate social accountability and citizen engagement into sectoral education reform actions (and vice versa). In doing so, the session proposes to go beyond the discussion in the GPSA Education Roundtable (March 6, 2018) and at the Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum (April 2018). This session will be a facilitated dialogue between participants interested in stepping up actions to integrate social accountability and citizen engagement into sectoral education reform actions (and vice versa). The format will invite participants to a horizontal dialogue, taking advantage of and showcasing the diversity of expertise and experiences in the Forum.  There will be no formal presentations. 


3. What Does it Take for Citizens to Meaningfully Influence Fiscal Governance for Equity?

Moderator: Brendan Halloran, International Budget Partnership
Discussants: Catherine Gicheru, Code4Kenya; Paula Perez, Policy Analyst, Civil Association for Equity and Justice (ACIJ); Yeukai Mukorombindo, PSAM and TAI; George Osei-Bimpeh, Country Director, SEND-Ghana; Juan Pablo Guerrero, Network Director, Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency

In a time of increasing inequality and shrinking civic space, what does it take for citizens to meaningfully engage and shift budgets towards greater equity?  In particular, how do citizens from more marginalized communities and populations build and leverage their ability to influence budget processes and priorities.  This session will frame the challenges faced by civic groups, highlight potential entry points and strategies, then engage participants in a discussion based on concrete cases.

4. Citizen and Stakeholder Engagement in Bank Investments: New Opportunities for Communities to Drive Development

Presenters: Maninder S. Gill, Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice; Elena Bardasi, Senior Economist, Economic Management and Country Programs; Katelyn Gallagher, Campaign Manager, Civic Engagement; Jonathan Fox, Professor, American University; Anuradha Joshi, Senior Fellow and Governance Cluster Leader at the Institute of Development Studies

This session will explore new opportunities for GPSA partners to engage with government in the context of World Bank investments.  Through its “Citizen Engagement” strategy, all new World Bank investment projects must include commitments by governments to engage with citizens.  Governments make similar commitments by virtue of the Bank’s new “Environmental and Social Framework."  In a world of shrinking civic space, these rules, brokered by the Bank, offer important opportunities for civil society to ensure that development decisions are driven by communities themselves.

Panelists will be experts in various aspects of the Bank’s commitments to engagement.  Panelists will help GPSA partners understand how to take advantage of these commitments, and explore, with participants, what can be done to make these commitments more robust and effective.

5. Social Accountability for Child Rights

Presenters: Marija Adrianna de Wijn, Policy Specialist – Local Governance, UNICEF; Nkandu David Chilombo, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF; Sylvain Nkwenkeu, Chief Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, UNICEF Burkina Faso

People-led, bottom-up and demand-driven social accountability initiatives can make an important contribution towards enhancing accountability for international child rights commitments. UNICEF therefore increasingly supports various social accountability initiatives for children’s rights across regions, focusing on different governance levels from national to local as well as on a range of governance processes, from policy formulation and planning through tracking of expenditure to monitoring the quality of public services.
This session will discuss UNICEFs rationale for engaging in Social Accountability and will present a few approaches to social accountability supported by UNICEF country offices, including UNICEF Burkina Faso’s ‘Citizen Control’ project (Projet Redevabilité Sociale et Contrôle Citoyen) which focuses on transparency, strengthening citizen oversight and participatory budgeting and UNICEF Zambia’s ‘Deepening Accountability in Budget Execution’ project which uses a scorecard methodology to provide local communities with the means to monitor the delivery of pro-poor services in agriculture, education, health, social protection, and water and sanitation.   

6. Citizens as Auditors: Making Public Spending Work for People

Moderator: Lucas Olo Fernandes, Programme Coordinator, Transparency International
Presenters: Mary Awelana Addah, Program Manager, Ghana Integrity Initiative – TI Ghana; Edward Coyoy, Coordinator of Acción Ciudadana (Transparency International Guatemala)
Can citizens become social auditors and what difference can they make? There are many innovations on how civil society coordinates the participation of citizens in overseeing public finance, how it’s spent and what difference it makes in people’s lives. From carrying social audits in Guatemala, to forming social auditing clubs in Ghana to using mobile apps to report how public spending is actually being delivered, citizens and civil society are joining forces to fight corruption, increase efficiency and enhance responsiveness of public authorities. Join us in this session to discuss, learn and innovate about what can we do together!

7. How do Indices of Public Sector Performance Help Prevent Waste of Public Funds and Improve Governance?

Moderator: Ronnie Hammad, Senior Operations Officer, Governance Global Practice, World Bank
Paola Caporossi, Director and Vice President, Fondazione Etica (Italy)
Fabio Ono, Director, Centro de Liderança Pública (Brazil)
Indices have a powerful role to play in influencing public policies and changing -behavior: not only do they allow to collect and elaborate data for statistical purposes and academic analysis, but also they provide citizens and policymakers with comprehensible and synthetic information on how much money their government spends, how and for what. In this session, you will learn from two experiences. First, the Center for Public Leadership (Centro de Liderança Pública, CLP) in Brazil designed an index to evaluate the level of institutionalization of public policy and to determine the risks of policy discontinuity, which is a major source of inefficiency and misuse of public funds. Secondly, the Fondazione Etica in Italy created the Public Rating, a tool to analyze Italian municipalities’ performance, which allows people to compare among different governments, thereby generating a reputational incentive for governments to improve their performance.