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Research Workshop: The Quest for Citizen-led Accountability

Event | April 30, 2015

The workshop will delve into our understanding of the workings of the state and governments so as to better analyse when citizen-initiated accountability efforts do and don’t gain purchase and contribute to greater responsiveness and accountability.

Agenda

 9:30-10:00 Introduction
Rosie McGee/Duncan Edwards - Introducing the Making All Voices Count Research, Evidence and Learning StrategyAndres Falconer (GPSA) Where does this event sit within joint Making All Voices Count/GPSA/TAI series?This session will be live streamed: http://www.ids.ac.uk/events/the-quest-for-citizen-led-accountability-looking-into-the-state
10.00-11.00 Deconstructing Context
Anu Joshi (IDS) and Helene Grandvoinnet (World Bank) - Understanding Context within the StateChair: Patta Scott-Villiers Key question: What do recent approaches to unpacking context tell us about how to engage the state successfully in citizen-led accountability initiatives?
11.15-13:00 Accountability and the state – tax, services and budgets
Mick Moore (IDS) – Tax and accountability; Gerry Bloom (IDS) and Alex Shankland (IDS) – Health systems and accountability; Claire Schouten (IBP) – Budget coalitions in education? Budgets as a means to link across sectors?Chair: Brendan Halloran (TAI)Key question: Accountability work needs to be brought out of its silo, and attention focused on how to secure accountability outcomes in all sectors of development and change work.  What light is shed on the state as a partner in citizen-led accountability work, by looking at the state bottom-up or top-down in individual sectors (e.g. health), and at cross-cutting public administration functions such as revenue-raising and budget processes?
14:00-15:30 Working from the outside in.
How have NGOs engaged and built alliances with the state? Jo Rowlands, (Oxfam)  Walter Flores (CEGGS) Patta Scott-Villiers (IDS) - Unruly politics? Food riots and government responsivenessChair: Rosie McGee (IDS)Key question: What are ‘collaboration’, ‘constructive engagement’ and ‘confrontation’ in accountability work, who defines them, and how can citizen-led initiatives deploy these approaches to the state as part of one and the same citizen-led accountability strategy?
15:45-17:00 Plenary
Where do we go from here? How do we build alliances? How do we work across civil society and the state?Chair: John Gaventa (IDS)This session will be live streamed: http://www.ids.ac.uk/events/the-quest-for-citizen-led-accountability-looking-into-the-state

The Introductory session, 09.30-10.00 (GMT+1) and the Plenary session, 15.45-17.00 (GMT+1) will be live streamed via the following link: http://www.ids.ac.uk/events/the-quest-for-citizen-led-accountability-looking-into-the-state

Follow the workshop on Twitter: @AllVoicesCount@IDS_UK;  @GPSA_org@TAInitiative‪#SocialAcc

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