Accountability Keywords Authors

Key terms in the accountability field often have different meanings, to different actors, in different contexts – and in different languages. This project addresses “what counts” as accountability – drawing on dialogue with dozens of scholars and practitioners around the world. Each author has a post reflecting on meanings and usage of relevant keywords in their own contexts and languages.

Abdulkarim Mohammed

Ghana

Abdulkarim Mohammed is the Country Manager for the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in Ghana where he works with vulnerable smallholder farmers and mining affected communities to demand improvement in basic service delivery through enhanced fiscal governance. Prior to IBP he was the Program Manager for Active Citizenship & Accountable Governance with Oxfam in Ghana where he led efforts to increase revenue transparency and state accountability through citizen’s influence over public finances, particularly those derived from extractive industries and foreign assistance. Karim also led advocacy initiatives for political reforms and citizen-driven social accountability aimed at consolidating Ghana’s democratic experiment.

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Amy Ekdawi

Amy Ekdawi

Arab Watch Coalition

Amy has been working with pro-rights civil society movements around the world in the last 30 years. Her work in the last 15 years has focused on connecting the local pro-rights southern movements to the global pro-rights northern movements in order to promote for social, economic, and environmental justice in the policies and portfolios of International Financial Institutions.  Before joining Arab Watch Coalition, Amy was leading the regional programs around the world, including in MENA region, for the Bank Information Center- a nonprofit watchdog in the US. Amy has master’s degree in International Relations from Elliott School, George Washington University in Washington DC, and a Participatory Community Development Diploma from Coady Institute, St. Xavier University, Canada. She has another Masters in French-Arabic Interpretation from Ain Shams University in Egypt from where she had received a Bachelor in French Language and Literature few years earlier. Amy enjoys intelligent and informed debates. She can spend her days following non-stop political debates. 

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Anuradha Joshi

Institute of Development Studies

Anuradha Joshi is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. She currently co-leads a multi-country research programme Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) which is examining the conditions under which social and political action may lead empowerment and accountability in contexts of fragility, conflict and violence.

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Ariel Frisancho

Peru

Ariel Frisancho es Director Nacional de CMMB Perú desde 2015. Maestro en Política, Planificación y Financiamiento de la Salud por la Universidad de Londres (LSE / LSH&TM, 2001-2002). Especialista en Enfoque de Derechos, Participación Ciudadana y Gobernabilidad en Salud. Miembro del Comité Directivo de COPASAH. Antes fue presidente de ForoSalud (2012-2013) y miembro de su Comité Directivo (2004-2016). Enviar correo electrónico a Ariel.

Ariel Frisancho (M.D.) is CMMB Peru’s Country Director (2015-present). He has a MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (LSE / LSH&TM, 2001-2002), and specializes in rights-based approaches, citizen participation and health governance. Frisancho is also a member of the COPASAH Steering Committee. He previously served as Peru’s ForoSalud President (2012-2013) and was a member of ForoSalud’s Directorate (2004-2016). Email Ariel.

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Benilda Batzin

Guatemala

Es Licenciada en Trabajo Social, egresada de la Universidad Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala. En el 2020 Benilda fue nombrada como Directora Ejecutiva y es la primera mujer indígena electa como Directora Ejecutiva del Centro de estudios para la equidad y gobernanza en los sistemas de salud (CEGSS). Benilda cuenta con más de 10 años de experiencia trabajando con comunidades rurales en Guatemala, ejecutando e implementado proyectos y programas de desarrollo. Esto incluye la promoción de la participación ciudadana por el Derecho de los Pueblos Indígenas, Derecho a la Salud y al Ambiente, Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres, Equidad de Género para una participación ciudadana equitativa y sin discriminación.

Benilda is a licensed social worker and a graduate of the Mariano Gálvez University in Guatemala. In 2020 Benilda was named Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems (CEGSS). She is the first indigenous woman elected to this position. Benilda has over 10 years’ experience working with rural communities in Guatemala, running and implementing development programs and projects. This includes promoting citizen participation for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Rights to Health and the Environment, Human Rights of Women, and Gender Equity for an equitable and non-discriminatory citizen participation.

 

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Brendan Halloran

United States

Brendan Halloran is the Head of Strategy and Learning at the International Budget Partnership.  Prior to this he led the learning efforts at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative.

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Charles H. Roberts

United States

Charles H. Roberts is a lawyer and translator based in Washington, DC.

Charles H. Roberts es abogado y traductor.

Fayyaz Yaseen

Pakistan

Fayyaz Yaseen heads the Pakistan office of the Accountability Lab. He holds a Masters degree in economics and M.Phil in international development studies. He can be reached at fayyaz@accountabilitylab.org; and through his twitter handle @fayyaz_yaseen.

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Felipe J. Hevia

Mexico

Felipe J. Hevia received his doctorate in Anthropology from Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social (CIESAS), where he has been a Research Professor since 2009. His research interests focus on citizen participation, accountability, poverty reduction and education. He has published 5 books and more than 60 articles and book chapters. His research has received awards from the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the University of Luxembourg, the RISC consortium, the UNDP, the IDB, the government of Brazil, the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico and the Latin American Council of Administration-CLAD. He is coordinator of the project Independent Measurement of Learning (MIA), and a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the National System of Researchers of Mexico.

Felipe J. Hevia es Doctor en antropología por Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS). Profesor-investigador del CIESAS desde 2009. Sus intereses de investigación se centran en participación ciudadana, rendición de cuentas, combate a la pobreza y educación. Ha publicado diversos libros, y más de 60 artículos y capítulos de libros. Sus investigaciones han sido premiadas por la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, la Universidad de Luxemburgo, el consorcio RISC, el PNUD, el BID, el gobierno de Brasil, la Cámara de Diputados de México y el Consejo Latinoamericano de Administración–CLAD. Es coordinador del proyecto Medición Independiente de Aprendizajes (MIA), miembro de la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, y del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores.

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Francis Isaac

The Philippines

Francis Isaac is research and knowledge officer of Government Watch (G-Watch) and editor-in-chief of SocDem Asia Quarterly. He holds a master’s degree in international studies from De La Salle University (Manila).

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Haytham Karar

Sudan

Haytham is an international development practitioner. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Khartoum University in Sudan, and a Master of Arts from the American University, USA. He is also trained at the Hertie School of Governance on Public Administration, with a particular focus on Anti-Corruption Policy. He is the author of many academic papers published in well-read journals, such as the Journal of Developing Society and Italian Journal of Sociology of Education. He advised many international organizations on governance and anti-corruption in Sudan.

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Joy Aceron

The Philippines

Joy Aceron is convenor-director of Government Watch (G-Watch) and research fellow-adviser to Accountability Research Center (ARC).

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Judy Gearhart

ARC

Judy Gearhart is a visiting scholar at ARC and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Previously she served nine years as the executive director at the International Labor Rights Forum and twelve as the programs director at Social Accountability International. She has worked for the UN and grassroots NGOs in Mexico and Honduras on trade, labor rights, and democratic participation.

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Luz Estrada

Peru

Luz Estrada es socióloga y antropóloga, experta en salud sexual y reproductiva y activista en el movimiento de mujeres del Perú. Especialista en interculturalidad y género. Lideró proyectos dirigidos a mujeres campesinas, en agricultura andina y derechos sexuales y reproductivos. Antes fue coordinadora de ForoSalud Puno. Enviar correo electrónico a Luz.

Luz Estrada is a sociologist and anthropologist, a specialist on sexual, reproductive health, gender, interculturality and is a Peruvian Women Movement’s activist. She has coordinated projects oriented to grass-roots women’s movements, Andean agriculture and sexual & reproductive rights.  She is ForoSalud’s former Puno regional coordinator (2004-2008). Email Luz.

Matthew Stephenson

United States

Matthew Stephenson is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches administrative law, legislation and regulation, anti-corruption law, and political economy of public law. His research focuses on the application of positive political theory to public law, particularly in the areas of administrative procedure, anti-corruption, judicial institutions, and separation of powers. Prior to joining the Harvard Law School faculty, Professor Stephenson clerked for Senior Judge Stephen Williams on the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. He received his J.D. and Ph.D. (political science) from Harvard in 2003, and his B.A. from Harvard College in 1997.

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Marcio Cunha Filho

Brasil / Brazil

Marcio Cunha Filho é doutor em Direito (Universidade de Brasília), Mestre em Ciência Política (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul) e professor do Instituto Brasileiro de Ensino, Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento (IDP). Foi pesquisador visitante na American University (2016-2017).

Marcio Cunha Filho holds a PhD in Law from the University of Brasilia and a master’s degree in Political Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He was a research fellow at American University in 2016-2017 and is currently a professor at the Institute of Public Law in Brasília and a Federal Auditor at the Office of the Comptroller General.

 

Nani Zulminarni

Indonesia

Nani Zulminarni is the founder and chair of the PEKKA (Women-Headed Family Empowerment) Foundation board. She is also the co-founder of JASS (Just Associates) and the president of ASPBAE (Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education). Additionally, Nani serves as a South East Asia Regional Leader with ASHOKA.

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Nitin Jadhav

India

Dr. Nitin Jadhav is a Homeopath with completed Masters’ in medical and Psychiatry Social Work. For the past 13 years, he has worked as a Community Health Practitioner focusing on developing and implementing various innovative community-based accountability processes for ensuring communitization and democratization of Public Health Systems and policies in India. In profession, he was associated with NGO i.e. SATHI- Support for Advocacy and Training to health Initiatives based in Maharashtra state of India and currently working in the organization, SAMA- Resource team for Women and Health based in New Delhi, India. Dr. Nitin is also active in various state and nation wide networks and campaigns India and state of Maharashtra such as People’s Health Movement (PHM) i.e. Jan Swasthya Abhiyan; also associated with a state-wide network called Mahila Kisan Adikar Manch (MAKAAM) i.e. Forum For Women Farmers’ Rights.

 

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Odeh Friday

Nigeria

Odeh Friday has a background in Mathematics and is currently studying for an M.Sc. in Psychology. Currently, Odeh works closely with communities and stakeholders to make governance work for citizens in his work with the Accountability Lab (AL) Nigeria. 

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Rajika Seth

India

Rajika is the Learning and Development Officer at Accountability Initiative (AI), Centre for Policy Research. The key focus of her role is to catalyze change by creating structured learning opportunities- courses, workshops and experiential programs that enable citizens, government and institutions to participate in and monitor social programs. She is currently involved with developing and managing AI’s flagship capacity building program, ‘PAISA Course’ for internal and external audiences. She also overlooks Communications at AI. Rajika was previously working with Teach for India, as part of their Alumni Impact team designing and developing programs to enable current Fellows and Alumni to remain engaged and committed to the education movement in India. She has a Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK and a Bachelors in English Literature from Gargi College, Delhi University.

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Suchi Pande

India

Suchi Pande, a researcher and activist, is scholar-in-residence at the Accountability Research Center, Washington DC

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Tiago Carneiro Peixoto

Brazil

Tiago is a Senior Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice. Having joined the Bank in 2010, Tiago’s activities focus on working with governments to develop solutions for better public policies and services. Prior to joining the World Bank, Tiago has managed projects and consulted for a number of organizations, such as the European Commission, OECD, United Nations, Bertelsmann Foundation, and the Brazilian and UK governments. Formerly a research coordinator for the Electronic Democracy Centre at the University of Zurich, Tiago is currently a faculty member of New York University’s Governance Lab. A board member for Our Cities Network and Intelligent Digital Avatars, he also sits in the advisory boards of a number of organizations such as The Participatory Budgeting Project and Our City Thoughts. Featured in TechCrunch as one of the “20 Most Innovative People in Democracy”, Tiago holds a PhD and a Masters in Political Science from the European University Institute, as well as a Masters in Organized Collective Action from Sciences-Po Paris. He blogs at DemocracySpot and tweets at @participatory.

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Walter Flores

Guatemala

Walter Flores is the founder and past Director of the Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud (CEGSS) in Guatemala. Follow on @CEGSSGuatemala!

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Yifei Li

China

Yifei Li is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU Shanghai and Global Network Assistant Professor at NYU.

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