“In ARC, we have an important partner that helps us to reflect about our own work and improve our own ideas.”
Walter Flores, Director CEGSS
Health Post Patachaj, San Cristotal Totonicapán, Guatemala.
Health Rights Defenders: Carmelina Puac and Bonifacio Puac.
Photo credit: Sandra Sebastián
Partnerships are at the core of ARC’s thinking and practice. ARC’s partners promote citizen action to encourage more responsive governance. They work to create the enabling environments needed for citizens to hold governments to account. Partners focus on various issues, from health, education and water access to gender and racial equity, budget transparency, rural development, anti-corruption and peacebuilding. Many civil society organizations that are working to improve public accountability do not describe their work in the technical terms associated with the governance field. Yet their knowledge is an untapped resource for understanding what works in driving more transparent, participatory, and accountable governance. We work with our partners to translate this knowledge into propositions that can contribute to the global research agenda in the TPA field.
Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA)
International Research Consortium
A4EA explores how social and political action can contribute to empowerment and accountability in fragile, conflict and violent settings, with a focus on Egypt, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan. The A4EA consortium, which consists of seven international partners, is led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and is funded by UKaid from the UK government.
Bank Information Center
The Bank Information Center (BIC) advocates for social, ecological and economic justice by amplifying local voices and democratizing development finance. BIC partners with civil society in developing and transition countries to influence the World Bank and other international financial institutions (IFIs).
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) was established to mobilize global opinion and resources for democratic development and provide an independent space to reflect critically on the challenges posed to the democratization and development processes in West Africa, and also to provide alternatives and best practices to the sustenance of democracy and development in the region.
Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems (CEGSS) is a civil society organization that carries out research, advocacy and capacity building in Guatemala around social participation, public health policies and right to health. For more en español or in English.
Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH) promotes community-centered and citizen-led practices to improve accountability in health. It facilitates the exchange of lessons and experiences among members and supports documentation and dissemination of lessons to help strengthen the field.
The National Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA) is a broad coalition of nine autonomous national networks, including hundreds of grassroots organizations, that advocates for the inclusion of their voices in Colombia’s peace-building process, as mandated in the Ethnic Chapter of the Peace Accord.
Controla tu Gobierno
Controla Tu Gobierno develops and implements social audit methodologies to empower marginalized communities in Mexico’s urban areas. Controla Tu Gobierno establishes long-term alliances with locally-based organizations which are recognized by the population, with the goal of securing the sustainability of projects and building ties with the community.
Factly is a Data Journalism/Public Information initiative in India that works on the complete open data/information ecosystem (creation, analysis, consumption). To make public data and information meaningful, Factly uses tools such as public information portals (with stories, videos, infographics), tools like Counting India, open data consulting and data analysis.
Government Watch (G-Watch) is an independent national action research organization in the Philippines that works to promote dialogues in the Transparency, Participation, and Accountability (TPA) field. It aims to contribute to the deepening of democracy through the scaling of accountability and citizen empowerment.
JASS (Just Associates) is a global movement-building organization that strengthens the voice, safety, leadership and collective power of women activists and movements. Based in a network of organizers, popular educators and scholars in 17 countries, JASS equips and accompanies women as they take on the most critical issues of our time.
Justicia Racial is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 2017 by a group of prominent lawyers and humanists of African descent, which advocates through the legal system for the elimination of racism and racial discrimination in Colombia and the world.
The Observatory of Crops and Cultivators Declared Illicit, OCCDI Global, is a non-governmental research center based in Bogotá, Colombia. OCCDI builds alliances with farmers, indigenous and afrodescendent organizations, universities, national and international NGOs, and is a member of the International Drug Policy Consortium.
Support for Advocacy and Training to Health Initiatives (SATHI) has nationally pioneered health rights approaches in India since 1998, fostering accountability of public, private health sector and inter-sectoral community action through partnerships with civil society organizations, facilitating local to national advocacy and health system research.
Society for Social Audit, Accountability and Transparency (SSAAT) is an independent parastatal agency set up by the Indian state Government of Telangana. In partnership with social activists and government, SSAAT promotes the empowerment of rural communities directly benefiting from anti-poverty programs to minimize waste of public funds.
The White Ribbon Alliance
Through its network of National Alliances, White Ribbon Alliance helps citizens understand that they have the power to hold their governments accountable for promises made and money spent, so that women’s rights to quality, respectful healthcare before, during and after pregnancy are recognized, prioritized and upheld.