Global Partners Forum 2017 | Social and Political Action for Empowerment and Accountability: What's Different in Contexts of Fragility, Conflict and Violence? | October 31, 2017

While a great deal has been written recently on approaches to empowerment and accountability, many of the lessons and approaches have been drawn from relatively stable, safe and democratic settings.  Yet, an estimated two billion people live in countries where these conditions do not exist - where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. This panel presented and discussed emerging thinking from the newly launched Action for Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme (A4EA), funded by UKAid from the Department for International Development, which focuses on how social and political action can contribute to empowerment and accountability in fragile, violent and conflict settings.  Drawing from insights from three of the five focus countries—Egypt, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan— it addressed the issue of potential entry points for support to accountability work in such settings and discussed the role external actors could play.

 Round Table | Engaging Civil Society in Situations of Fragility, Conflict and Violence | February 23, 2017

This Round Table brought together guests and members of the GPSA’s Steering Committee to discuss the unique contribution that the World Bank, specifically the Governance Global Practice and the GPSA, can make to promote inclusive governance, citizen participation, and civil society monitoring and oversight. By 2030, almost half of the world’s poor will be living in countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence, and therefore the World Bank’s engagements in fragile contexts through IDA 18 is urgent and appropriate. It will require innovations in harnessing the roles of civil society organizations in supporting state-building, inclusive growth, effective delivery of public services, the integrity of public spending, and the inclusion of citizens. The need for early engagement in rebuilding states and social contracts is a strong rationale for social accountability, which depends on investments in capacity building of civil society and state institutions to engage constructively and inclusively, especially in addressing service delivery problems at the local level.