Accountability

Realising the Potential of Civil Society-led South-South Development Cooperation

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Author: Moilwa, T.
Publication date: 2015

Civil Society Organisations from the BRICS countries and Mexico are now leading a huge range of South-South Development Cooperation (SSDC) initiatives. These organisations have a significant role to play in the post-2015 development cooperation landscape.

Asking people what they think: Using perceptions data to monitor the post-2015 agenda

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Authors: Rodríguez Takeuchi,L. & Hine, S. with Chávez, C.
Publication date: 2015

The call for a ‘data revolution’ has spurred debate around the inclusion of new data and indicators to measure progress towards development goals. Indicators of perceptions – based on asking people what matters to them most and their opinions of change – could help to stimulate public debate and hold policy-makers accountable.

Ted Talk Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

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Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can't make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country.

In a passionate talk the entrepreneur and TED Fellow looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.

A vote of confidence: retrospective voting in Africa

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Author: Ellis, E.
Publication date: 2014, In: Afroboarometer, Working Paper No 147

This study asks attention for the importance of retrospective voting in Africa, through which voters offer positive reinforcement for good presidential behavior. The author argues that the African electoral fortunes denote a vote of confidence, and tests that contention by regressing vote intention against performance evaluations.

Another resource curse?: the impact of remittances on political participation

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Authors: Dionne, K.Y., Inman, K.L. & Montinola, G.R.
Publication date: 2014 In: Afrobarometer, Working Paper No 145

International remittances have grown dramatically over the past few decades. This article focuses on the political impact of remittances, and in particular, its effect on political participation.

The authors provide the first cross-country, individual-level analysis on remittances’ effect on political participation. Their work shows that remittances may not necessarily demobilize citizens, as previous work on Mexico suggests. 

The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI)

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The Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) ranks governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition. How did your country do? Check it out at http://www.hancindex.org/

Bridging and Bonding: Improving the Links Between Transparency and Accountability Actors

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Authors: Wanjiku Kelbert, A.
Publication date: 2014

The first Learning and Inspiration Event hosted by Making All Voices Count brought together people with different kinds of expertise to think collaboratively about how technology can be used to enhance citizen engagement and improve government responsiveness. 

Kenya: democracy and political participation. Discussion paper.

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Authors: Kanyinga, K.
Publication date: 2014

This discussion paper examines the challenges of democracy and participation in Kenya; it explores the general promise and failure of Kenya’s hesitant transition to democracy. The paper seeks to find out what went wrong with the project to bring ‘democracy and participation’ to Kenya.

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

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Author: Zyck, S.A. 
Publication date: 2014

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. 

This report explores how the UN proactively employed the good offices of the secretary-general to open an impartial space for dialogue where none had previously been considered possible

Middle Eastern youth and the Arab Spring: cross-national variation and trends in values

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Authors: Moaddel, M. & Jong, J. de
Publication date: 2014

Scholars and analysts widely claimed that the youth played a crucial role in the making of the revolutionary movements dubbed the Arab Spring. There has been little empirical evidence, however, to substantiate this claim and to document how much the younger age groups differ from the older in value orientation in different Middle Eastern countries.

In this paper, the data from the values surveys carried out in the region are analysed in order to assess cross-national variation and trend in the values and perceptions of the youth in several Middle Eastern countries.