Global Partnership Newsletter- Focus on Democratic AccountabilityPRIA Global Partnership is a global initiative on citizenship and democracy which aims to foster knowledge and relationships. It strengthens and nurtures partnerships across communities and countries to ‘make democracy work for all citizens’. It undertakes research, advocacy and capacity building activities, and provides demand-based advisory and consulting services. The broad thematic areas of PGP’s work are: • Democratic Governance • Participation, Voice and Social Accountability • Effective and Empowered
Vol. 1, Issue 2 (April- June 2011)
Impact and Effectiveness of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives by John Gaventa and Rosemary McGee
Promoting Democratic Accountability through Social Audit by Alok Pandey
Social Accountability Taking Roots in Nepal by Kedar Khadka
Making Democracy Accountable: The Work of a Civil Society Network in Pakistan by Sadiqa Salahuddin
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We are overwhelmed by the warm responses – appreciation, critical feedback, expectations – that we received from many readers of the first issue of Global Partnership, the e-newsletter from PRIA Global Partnership (PGP). We have included a few of them at the end of this issue. Thank you for your responses; we look forward to many more. Your letters help us improve and make us more responsible and we promise to live up to your expectations.
In this second issue of Global Partnership we focus on Democratic Accountability. In the last decade, citizens and civil societies in all parts of the world have made incredible efforts to expand and enrich the practice of democracy – from representative to participatory and inclusive. At the same time, they have also endeavoured to enlarge the scope of accountability – from the narrow view of institutional and ‘horizontal’ accountability to social and ‘vertical’ accountability. This is indeed encouraging. Rosemary and John in their commendable research work (an abridged version is available in the Perspective section of this issue) have prompted us to think: ‘Do efforts towards ensuring transparency and accountability by citizens and civil societies make any difference in the lives of citizens?’ Alok, Kedar and Sadiqa in their respective practice-based articles inspire us through their experiences to carry on with what we are doing, but have also invited us to include other actors and consider other factors in our journeys towards realising the full potential of democratic accountability. Sumona’s review of the book Citizen Leadership: Deepening Democratic Accountability in India, Brazil and South Africa gives a flavour of strengthening citizen leadership in democratic accountability initiatives in India, Brazil and South Africa.
The next issue of Global Partnership will focus on Capacity Building of Local Governance. We invite you to share your experiences to help make Global Partnership a platform for learning and sharing.
Kaustuv Kanti Bandyopadhyay
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· Good Governance and Social Accountability