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Children’s Right to Early Education in the City of Buenos Aires: A Case Study on ACIJ’s Class Action

Fernando Basch,

Through a complex litigation strategy that involved freedom of information requests, budget analysis, and media dissemination, the Civil Association for Equality and Justice (Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia, or ACIJ) pressured the formerly reluctant government of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to acknowledge a legitimate unsatisfied claim related to school vacancies for initial-level education…

Community Forestry in Myanmar: Progress & Potentials

Kyaw Tint, Oliver Springate-Baginski, Mehm Ko Ko Gyi,

This paper is the main output of a research project initiated by Pyoe Pin, and led by Ecosystem Conservation and Community Development Initiative (ECCDI) with support from the University of East Anglia, whose aim has been to fill the gap in knowledge over the progress of Community Forestry in Myanmar through a systematic study. This…

Land Administration Challenges in the Post-Conflict South Sudan: The Experience of the USAID South Sudan Rural Land Governance Project (2011-2014)

Nelson Marongwe,

South Sudan is a country coming from a conflict, having attained political independence as recently as July 2011. The protracted civil war that lasted for more than twenty years created malfunctioning land administration systems. Thus, decades of civil war destroyed many of South Sudan‟s essential institutions of governance, and not least the customary and statutory…

Social Audit Program for the Local Road Construction Project San Antonio del Monte

Otto Eric Vidaurre,

This social audit experience was used in the project to build a six kilometer local road in El Salvador. The project benefited 500 families directly and an additional 1,000 families indirectly, all low-income. Project duration was eight months, including training community delegates in the social auditing process and conducting supervision, evaluation, monitoring, and control of…

Participatory Monitoring of Land and Housing Policy in the Municipality of Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

Community Council on Land and Housing Policy, María Andrea Castagnola,

The first experience in participatory planning and administration in the area of land and housing policy occurred in 1998, in Buenos Aires Province. The Deliberating Council [Consejo Deliberante] approved a grassroots initiative to create a Community Council for Land and Housing Policy. The Community Council, made up of 14 government and civil society representatives, has…

Citizen Control of Public Action: The Social Watch Network in Benin

Cyrille Chabi Eteka, Anne Floquet,

In the 1990s, the democratization of Benin’s public institutions, together with government withdrawal from the production of many social goods, promoted the emergence of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Initially, NGOs and CBOs were meant to take over the provision of public services. Gradually, they would also defend the interests of their members…

Tracking Funds for India’s Most Deprived: The Story of the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights’ “Campaign 789″

Vimala Ramachandran, Sapna Goel,

On 31 August 2010 the home minister of India made a startling statement on the floor of the national Parliament, “In my prima facie view using Rs. 678 crores (INR 6.78 billion) out of SCSP to the commonwealth games infrastructure appears to be wrong.” This statement seemed to be quite innocuous; however, the significance was not lost on…

Quality of Education Reforms: The Case of HakiElimu’s Campaign of 2005-2007

International Budget Partnership,

Between 2004 and 2007 Tanzania made significant strides in increasing school enrollment, particularly in primary school. However, there were questions about the quality of education the country’s schools were providing children. Civil society organization, HakiElimu, uses budget analysis and advocacy to improve education for all of Tanzania’s children. When developing its Programme Strategy for 2004-2007, HakiElimu noted improvements in enrollment levels, but identified a lack of attention to education quality. Based on…

Democratizing the Budget: Fundar’s Budget Analysis and Advocacy initiatives in Mexico

Mark Robinson, Vinod Vyasulu,

The government budget has always been an important fiscal tool. It is the medium through which elected governments convert their pre-election promises into policies and programs. Government policy priorities find expression in the tax proposals and the expenditure allocations made in the annual budget. Analysis of budget data provides important insights into economic performance. Audits provide information on the integrity…

Budget Work and Democracy Building: the Case of IBASE in Brazil

Paolo de Renzio, Jim Shultz,

In 2005 the International Budget Project and the Institute for Development Studies initiated a joint effort to study the experience of civil society budget work in six countries around the world where civil society organizations have undertaken that work for a significant period of time. These include: Brazil, Mexico, Uganda, Croatia, India, and South Africa. This report is the…

Sierra Leone Land Policy: An Open Letter to President Koroma

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources

Dear Mr. President, Last Thursday I was at State House to witness the low-key start of a potentially profound revolution in the land sector. For decades, our people and the environment have borne the scourge of a broken land tenure system. Many attempting to buy land to build a future for their families have lost…