What’s New 2019

November/December 2019 – ARC newsletter for November/December 2019: Education accountability │ GPSA │ G-Watch Learning 2019 │ Accountability in Urdu. Professors Felipe J. Hevia y Samana Vergara-Lope bring insights to educational accountability in the November 2019 ARC Working Paper published in both Spanish and English.

December 2019 – Following the GPSA, Naomi Hossain penned this blog for From Poverty to Power Why the World Bank is missing out on an Accountability Revolution: Reflections on the Global Partnership for Social Accountability Forum 2019.

December 2019 – The Accountability Note The Women of Caltongo Who Opened the Government’s Doors: Social Accountability at the Edge of Mexico City by Daniela Rea (@DanielareaRea) with photos by Mónica González (@MonicaGIslas) was co-published with Periodistas de a Pie, Pie de Página, and ControlaTuGobierno.

November 2019 – Professors Felipe J. Hevia (@fhevia) y Samana Vergara-Lope (@svergaralope9) bring insights to educational accountability in the November 2019 ARC Working Paper published in both Spanish and English. This paper addresses the relationship between the concepts of Social Accountability and Educational Accountability.

November 2019 – ARC research professor Dr. Naomi Hossain participated in a panel on Accountability Tactics in Fragile Places during the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) annual meeting. This session examined how actors and organizations have responded to the changing nature of civic space, drawing on experiences of pro-accountability actors in fragile – and conflict – affected settings where accountability action has long depended on negotiating dangerous space.

October 2019 – ARC newsletter for October 2019: COPASAH 2019│Pioneering Accountability Strategies in India highlights our participation in the 400+person Global Symposium on Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health. After the conference, we visited multiple partner organizations in Maharastra and Telangana States.

October 2019 – ARC co-sponsored the Global Symposium on Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health organized by Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH) in New Delhi, India from October 15-18, 2019. The convening attracted hundreds of practitioners from 40 countries. After this, an ARC delegation visited collaborators in Maharastra and Telangana states to learn more about civil society and citizen monitoring of India’s social welfare programs.

September 2019 – ARC received an 18-month grant from Open Society Foundations for independent civil society monitoring of the World Bank’s Citizen Engagement Commitments. For more, see the project announcement.

August/September 2019 – ARC newsletter for August/September 2019: Welcoming Naomi Hossain │ Open Society Grant Renewal │COPASAH Symposium 2019.

June/July 2019 – ARC newsletter for June/July 2019: Rethinking TPA experiments │Bahasa Indonesia paper │ WB Citizen Engagement in Nigeria & Mozambique │Philippines Bottom-Up-Budgeting Blog

July 2019Joy Aceron, convenor-director of Government Watch (G-Watch) in the Philippines and research fellow and advisor to ARC published How Participatory Reforms Can Enable Voice But Fall Short of Transformation on piece the International Budget Partnership Open Budgets Blog.

July 2019 – Along with Just Associates and PEKKA, ARC co-published the Bahasa Indonesia version of a working paper entitled Membangun Gerakan Untuk Akuntabilitas: Belajar dari Pengorganisasian Perempuan Indonesia (we published the English version Movement-building for Accountability: Learning from Indonesian Women’s Organizing in 2018).

June 2019 – Duncan Green’s blog PEKKA, an inspiring example of feminist activism from Indonesia focused on the lessons from the Working Paper co-produced with JASS and PEKA.

May 2019 – ARC newsletter for May 2019: Rethinking ‘What Works’ in TPA? │Philippines Bottom-Up-Budgeting │Nigeria Health Advocacy.

May 2019 – The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) published a guest blog by ARC director Jonathan Fox How can a rethink of lessons from field experiments inform future research in transparency, participation and accountability? offers a reality check to inform the ‘what works’ question in the TPA field.

May 2019 – A new accountability note Setting the Stage for Increased Accountability: The White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria Campaign to Improve Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Niger State penned by Rachel Sullivan Robinson, Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University and a Faculty Collaborator.

May 2019 – New case studies offering independent reviews of World Bank citizen engagement in Mozambique, Pakistan and Nigeria are published by ARC. ARC researcher Rachel Nadelman co-authored these with Ha Le, Anjali Sah, and Ian Evans.

April 2019 – ARC newsletter April 2019: “Reality Check” on Accountability │ World Bank Citizen Engagement & Spring Meetings │ Join our Team!

April 2019Joy Aceron’s original research on Pitfalls of Aiming to Empower the Bottom from the Top: The Case of Philippine Participatory Budgeting is published by ARC and G-Watch.

April 2019 – ARC researcher Rachel Nadelman and two American University MA graduates Anjali Sah and Ha Le published a Working Paper through Institute of Development Studies How Does the World Bank Build Citizen Engagement Commitments into Project Design? Results from Pilot Assessments in Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

April 2019 – Join our team! ARC invites applications for a full-time, non­-tenure track faculty research professor! First consideration to applications received by May 10. However, we will consider applications until the position is filled. Ideal start July 1, 2019. For full details and to apply, go to job posting.

March 2019 – ARC newsletter March 2019: ARC is hiring a researcher │Accountability in Malawi │Sandwich Strategy Search.

March 2019 – Sandwich strategies for reform are tangible initiatives by state actors to create space for societal action for pro-accountability change. What do these change pathways look like, in the face of likely pushback from anti-accountability forces? ARC is looking for multiple cases of sandwich strategies in practice. To propose a case for consideration in a new ARC research study, please respond to our survey (ideally by April 30).

February 2019 – Ver el nuevo Accountability Note de ARC/Unicam-Sur, escrito por Carlos García Jiménez: Experiencias y desafíos ciudadanos para instituir la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas en gobiernos locales del sur de México.

February 2019 – ARC/Unicam-Sur Accountability Note by Carlos García Jiménez: Citizen Experiences and Challenges in Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Local Governments in Southern Mexico.

January/February 2019 – ARC newsletter for January/February 2019: México Citizen Experiences and Challenges │ Experiencias y desafíos ciudadanos │ Crowdsourcing Sandwich Strategy Cases.