Supporting Social Accountability For Better Results - Liveblog & webcast
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A year ago, citizen movements from across the globe demonstrated powerfully that citizens want accountability from their governments. Greater access to modern information technology such as mobile phones and social media is also multiplying opportunities for citizens to provide feedback on government performance.
The Bank understands that greater civic engagement and voice is crucial for development results.
In his Peterson Institute speech on April 6, 2011, World Bank President Robert Zoellick spoke of the need for a new social contract to "democratize development." Social accountability efforts can improve domestic accountability and constructive engagement between citizens and their governments, leading to improved development effectiveness.
Whether through CheckMySchool.org, an interactive map of basic public education information in the Philippines to support citizen oversight of the education sector, or the use of community scorecards to help reduce child mortality in Uganda, or government and municipalities publically disclosing budgets in the Democratic Republic of Congo so citizens can see where their money is going, public participation in how governments operate is increasing.
A crucial question now is how to support to civil society and governments in sustaining these efforts moving forward. This session will explore these and other questions around the Social Accountability agenda.
Replay the discussion moderated by Caroline Anstey, Managing Director of the World Bank, to look at these and other perspectives.
- Robert Zoellick | President, The World Bank
- Maya Harris | Vice President, Democracy, Rights and Justice Program, Ford Foundation
- Laila Iskandar Kamel | Managing Director, Community and Institutional Development Group, Egypt
- Corazon “Dinky” Juliano Soliman | Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
- Sam Worthington | President and CEO, InterAction