Defensor/a: A Term to Refer to Indigenous Health Rights Defenders in Guatemala

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The Responsible Use of Authority and Power with the Spirit of Ubuntu: The Msoro Chiefdom in Zambia

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The Oromo Gadaa System and its Accountability Values

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The Corporate Accountability Paradox

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Introducing the Concept of Social Accountability in Women’s Cooperatives in Indonesia

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The Use of ‘Causal Chain’ Analysis in Strengthening Public Accountability

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The Language of Accountability in Pakistan

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Social Audits in India: Institutionalizing Citizen Oversight

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Vertical Integration: Localizing the Concept

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Open Government, Feedback Loops, and Semantic Extravaganza

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