Partnerships

“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

Our Partners

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.
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Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC)

Pan-African civil society organization

With 43 CSO members in 23 African countries, the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) is the largest membership pan-African civil society organization and resource centre that promotes citizens right of access to information and open contracting in Africa. AFIC’s work involves research, capacity building, advocacy, monitoring implementation of regional and international treaties and facilitating information-sharing.
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Arab Watch Coalition (AWC)
Multi-national

Arab Watch Coalition (AWC) was founded in 2018. Members represent civil society groups across Arab countries. AWC envisions inclusive, participatory, sustainable, and just development processes in the region. AWC’s works to realize this vision by empowering, facilitating, and activating the role of the civil society to influence development policies, processes, and projects funded by the International Financial Institutions.
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Bank Information Center

Bank Information Center
International NGO

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).
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BRAC Institute of Governance and Development
Bangladesh

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) is a social science research and academic institute within BRAC University, Bangladesh. By influencing policy and practice using rigorous research and by building fit-for-future capabilities through quality educational programs, BIGD aims to promote innovation and improvement in governance and development processes, leading to a just and prosperous society.
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CDD

CDD
Nigeria

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.
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CEGSS
Guatemala

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.
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COPASAH
International Network

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.
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CONPA
Colombia

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.
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Controla tu Gobierno
Mexico

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.
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FACTLY
India

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.
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G-Watch
Philippines

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.
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JASS
International Network

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.
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Justicia Racial 
Colombia

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.
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International Budget Partnership
International NGO

The International Budget Partnership works in collaboration with multiple actors – including civil society, state actors, international institutions, and the private sector – to bring about a world in which empowered citizens participate in open, inclusive budgeting processes to shape policies and practices that promote equity and justice on a sustainable basis.
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OCCDI Global
Colombia

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.
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Promoters of Self-Management for Social Development (PADS)
Mexico

Promoters of Self-Management for Social Development (PADS) is a civil society organization, founded in 1993, that uses interdisciplinary approaches and participatory-reflexive methods to promote capacity-building so that men and women in rural Guerrero can use self-management to transform their local context and living conditions.
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SATHI
India

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.
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SSAAT

SSAAT
India

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.
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