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The Community Scorecard Approach for Performance Assessment: A WaterAid Ghana Briefing Paper

Emmanuel Addai, WaterAid Ghana,

ProNet North is one of WaterAid’s implementing Partner NGOs based in Wa in the Upper West Region. The organisation participated in and managed the Upper West pilot project on the Community Score Card M&E approach in July 2004 and would like to share some lessons with other partners in the water and sanitation sector. The…

Voice and Accountability: The Role of Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Committee

Margaret Leppard, Sarawat Rashid, Atiya Rahman, Mahmuda Akhter, Hashima-E-Nasreen,

If health services are to be improved, raising the voice and accountability of both community members and health service staff is important. Many partnership initiatives have shown achievements in improving health services by facilitating people’s participation and by identifying mechanisms whereby the voice of those involved can be effectively heard. To ensure community participation, BRAC’s…

A Life with Dignity: Honduran Women Raising Voices to Improve Labour Standards

Juan-Carlos Arita, Oxfam Great Britain,

This paper shows how CODEMUH (Colectiva de Mujeres Hondureñas), a grassroots women’s collective in Honduras, mobilised a popular movement around labour rights in the country’s textile factories, or maquilas. Focusing on occupational health, CODEMUH ran a campaign which included research, training, and advocacy workshops for the women themselves, building alliances locally, nationally, and internationally, and…

Social Audit in the Argentine Legislature: Obtaining and Publishing the Affidavits of National Senators

Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth, María Baron,

This social audit initiative was undertaken by the Transparency Division of the Center for Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth [Area de Transparencia del Centro de Implementación de Políticas Publicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC)]. Its mission was to obtain and publish the Affidavits disclosing assets and financial status submitted by…

Improving Child Welfare through a Children’s Ombudsman

Richard S Bearup, Vincent J Palusci,

Objective: This report examines the changes in a child welfare system created by establishing an ombudsman’s office to investigate complaints regarding children in the foster care, adoption, and child protection systems. Method: Serving as a complaint office, the Michigan Office of Children’s Ombudsman investigated 443 cases involving 820 children during its first 18 months of…

The Relationship between Ombudsman, Government, and Citizens: A Survey Analysis

Steven Van Roosbroek, Steven Van de Walle,

Since the 1960s, ombudsmanship has become increasingly popular. Although there is a great deal of literature on ombudsmen, existing research rarely focuses on the people who actually use the ombudsman’s services. This article examines those who seek the help of ombudsmen in Belgium, and asks whether ombudsmen’s intervention has a noticeable effect on citizens’ confidence…

Traditional Justice and Gender Based Violence in Timor-Leste

Aisling Swaine,

This study was initiated by The International Rescue Committee (IRC, who had been working in the area of Gender Based Violence in Timor Leste for over two years. The principal aim of this study was to gather information regarding local justice systems in Timor-Leste and how these systems treat cases of gender based violence,…

South Africa: Budget Allocations to Eradicate Mud Schools

Legal Resources Centre,

The Eastern Cape is a poor, mainly rural province in South Africa, which spends 45 percent of its total budget on education. Eighty percent of the education budget is spent on personnel, leaving very little for other things such as text books and decent infrastructure that are essential for quality education. Because a large part of Eastern Cape…

Tracer Study on REPOA Training Courses for Research Users: Budget Analysis and Public Expenditure Tracking System

Ophelia Mascarenhas,

This brief summarises the results of a tracer study of Budget Analysis and Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS) training courses for local councillors, staff of local government authorities (LGAs) and representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs). Between 2006 and 2009, REPOA conducted two budget-related courses: (i) Budget Analysis offered to representatives from CSOs; and (ii) Public Expenditure Tracking System…

Gender Based Violence: Legal Protection and Advocacy

Oxfam GB,

This is the Final Report of the project entitled “Violence Against Women: Legal Protection and Advocacy” funded by UNFPA. The report summarizes the overall progress throughout the project duration (May 2008 – 31st August 2009) with more emphasis on the reporting period from 1st May 2009 to August 31st 2009. The report reviews the progress made towards the…

Talking Health Rights

Posted by Paul McCann in Health

Cacilda Fumo is one of Namati’s health advocates – a compassionate champion of patient rights. At the 1st of May Health Center in Maputo, Mozambique, where HIV and TB patients seek treatment from an over-stretched public health service, she is a regular presence – explaining to people not only how they can stay healthy, but what they can expect…