ISBN 9781920409203
Pages 234
Dimensions 280mm x 210mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2010
Publisher Idasa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Social Accountability in Africa

Practioners' Experiences and Lessons

edited by Mario Claasen, Carmen Alpín Lardiés

Social Accountability in Africa: Practitioners' Experiences and Lessons is a collection of case studies from Africa on social accountability. This collection attempts to build a consolidated body of knowledge on social accountability efforts across the continent. The case studies are diverse and present unique approaches to how social accountability strategies and interventions are implemented within different countries. The book is written by practitioners, for practitioners, providing first hand experience of designing and implementing social accountability initiatives and the challenges, methods and successes each one presents.

• While most research focuses on the role of citizens and civil society organisations in promoting accountability, this book places a greater emphasis on joint state-civil society initiatives.
• While social accountability initiatives are known mostly only in their own countries, and few African campaigns are documented, this book fills this gap by covering different approaches within a wide array of African countries.

To overcome language and cultural barriers that have prevented practitioners in the African sub-regions from learning from each other, this book will be translated into French and disseminated widely in Francophone Africa.

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About the Editors

Mario Claasen

Mario Claasen is joint co-project manager of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA) in Africa. He is also a Senior Specialist in Networking and Training in the Economic Governance Programme at Idasa. Previously, he was with the Treatment Action Campaign as the Clinics Coordinator working with communities in improving and monitoring health services.

Carmen Alpín Lardiés

Carmen Alpín Lardiés are joint co-project managers of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA) in Africa. She joined Idasa in April 2009 as a Senior Researcher. Prior to joining Idasa, she was the Deputy Head of Research at the former Department of Trade and Industry in the UK, where she managed a portfolio of multi-sponsored large research projects, including the highly regarded Workplace Employment Relations Survey, and was one of the co-authors of the book of findings from this survey.

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