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Expert Meeting on Social Accountability and Legal Empowerment: Allied Approaches in the Struggle for Health Rights

By: Tamar Ezer, Rosalind McKenna, Marta Schaaf

This resource is a working paper from an expert meeting on social accountability and legal empowerment, convened by Open Society Foundations Public Health Program.

Social accountability (SA) and legal empowerment (LE) programs come from different traditions and have generally been carried out independently and funded through separate streams. However, in recent years, several groups have experimented with the integration of the two approaches—with varying levels of explicit framing and consciousness around such integration. On December 2-4, 2014, OSF convened a small group of practitioners and thinkers working in this area to explore the potential for integrating SA and LE approaches to better enable socially excluded groups to claim their rights and obtain accountability for service delivery. The convening aimed to provide a space for reflection on lessons, achievements, challenges, and remaining gaps in knowledge and practice. This document summarizes the background to the meeting and synthesizes the discussion that took place.

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Uploaded on: Jul 01, 2015
Last Updated: Dec 08, 2015
Year Published: 2015
Author: Marta Schaaf
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