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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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Cambodia’s Experience: Increase Citizen Access to Information and Engagement for Responsive Decisions and Services

By Jan Sophal Chhorr, Decentralisation and Governance Director, Pact Cambodia
Mar 29, 2018

The National Academy of Governance (NAOG), Mongolia in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, World Bank and LOGIN Asia organised an international academic conference on Social Accountability in South and East Asia: Experiences, Lessons and Challenges in September, 2017.
LOGIN members from India, Cambodia, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh shared their practical experience and practices about good governance and social accountability at the conference. The presentations made at the conference have since been reproduced as a set of papers by NAOG.
This blog features the paper presented by Jan Sophal Chorr, LOGIN member, on measures taken to improve citizen engagement and social accountability in Cambodia.

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Madam Sarpanch - Stories of spirited and undaunted women Sarpanch in Mahila Rajsatta Aandolan (MRA) in Maharashtra

By Bhim Raskar, Director, Resource and Support Centre for Development
Mar 08, 2018

Bhim Raskar introduces the stories of inspiring women change agents in Maharashtra. These stories have been compiled by Mahila Rajsatta Andolan field workers in Maharashtra. ‘Madam Sarpanch’ presents first person accounts of elected women representatives of their journey in the political sphere. Read more...

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