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Who are ‘the people’? – Making citizen participation models work for poor and marginalised groups

By Rebecca Haines, Senior Governance Advisor – Asia and MENA, CARE International UK
Sep 19, 2018

This blog is the second in a 3-part series reflecting on key themes from a recent LOGIN study tour hosted by CARE Bangladesh on mainstreaming social accountability.
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Beyond the tools: Participatory power analysis as the missing ingredient in local governance programming

By Rebecca Haines, Senior Governance Advisor – Asia and MENA, CARE International UK
Aug 02, 2018

CARE Bangladesh hosted a week-long study tour for 25 participants from 10 countries in Asia in July 2018, in partnership with LOGIN. This blog explores some of the key things that participants learned from CARE Bangladesh’s approach, in its World Bank-funded JATRA project, to empowering the poorest and most marginalised to participate in, and meaningfully influence, local government decision-making processes.

This blog is the first in a 3-part series, reflecting on key themes from the recent LOGIN study tour hosted by CARE Bangladesh. It originally appeared on the CARE Insights website and was republished with permission. Link to original blog Read more...

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'Sushasan na panthe, Panchayato na Prayaso' - Efforts of Gram Panchayats of Kutch towards good local governance

By Srestha Roy , Lead - Learning Lab for Local Governance, SETU Abhiyan
Kutch, Gujarat, India, Jul 04, 2018

The Learning Lab for Local Governance (SETU-LL), SETU Abhiyan, a LOGIN member, is an incubator of ideas and initiatives to strengthen the value of local governance in the public domain. It undertakes and facilitates documentation, research and learning events in partnership with local governance institutions, civil society organizations and academia.

With the aim of showcasing Gram Panchayat practices that promote good governance, SETU-LL ideated a platform for peer learning and sharing which would set up opportunities for inculcation of such practices by Gram Panchayats. The District Panchayat, Kutch Mitra-the local newspaper and Akashvani-Bhuj and KMVS came forward to partner this initiative.

This initiative became a learning event for the Gram Panchayat members with respect to good local governance. Read more...

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The Revival of Youth Councils in the Philippines

By Raphael Móntes, Jr., Center for Local and Regional Governance, NCPAG, University of the Philippines
Jun 20, 2018

Barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) /Youth Council elections were held simultaneously in the Philippines in May 2018 after five years. The newly elected SK officials will be assuming their charge on June 30, 2018. In his blog, Raphael Montez Jr. traces the eventful evolution of the SK since its inception as a youth arm of the authoritarian Marcos regime in the '70s. The SK Reform Act of 2016 has given the Sanggunian Kabataan a new lease of life, positioning it as a powerful institution enabling meaningful youth participation in local governance. Read more...

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Social Audits: The Indian Experience

By Dona Mathew, Accountability Initiative
May 07, 2018

Social audits have been adapted very organically into the implementation process of a number of schemes in India. This blog explores why and how citizens can use social audits as a monitoring tool for government schemes and programmes.

This blog originally appeared on LOGIN member, Accountability Initiative's website and was republished with permission. Read more...

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