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Going Vertical: Citizen-led Reform Campaigns in the Philippines

Date: 2018
Authors: Joy Aceron (Editor)
Publication type: Book
Published by: Government Watch, Accountability Research Center

Going Vertical is a result of action-research collaboration between Government Watch (G-Watch) and the Accountability Research Center (ARC) on multi-level citizen action for accountability. This book investigates how one strategic approach to citizen accountability – vertical integration – enabled seven reform initiatives in the Philippines to gain meaningful results. Filipino summaries of the seven case studies in Chapter 4 are also available for download.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Studying vertically integrated approaches to citizen-led reforms (Joy Aceron and Francis Isaac)

Chapter 2. Doing accountability differently: Vertically integrated civil society policy monitoring and advocacy (Jonathan Fox)

Chapter 3. Contextualizing vertical integration in Philippine civil society (Joy Aceron and Francis Isaac)

Chapter 4. Case studies

4.1 Mobilizing citizens for transparency and accountability in education through Textbook Count (Joy Aceron)
4.2 Campaigning for agrarian reform in the Bondoc Peninsula (Francis Isaac and Danilo Carranza)
4.3 Empowering communities for housing and community services (Benedict G. Nisperos and Federick Vincent Marcelo)
4.4 Intensifying the anti-mining campaign (Benedict G. Nisperos and Rhia Muhi)
4.5 Campaigning for the rights of Indigenous Peoples (Benedit G. Nisperos and Romeo Saliga)
4.6 Advancing reproductive health rights (Marlon Lara Cornelio)
4.7 Building disaster resilient communities (Marlon Lara Cornelio)

Chapter 5. Synthesis: Lessons from vertically integrated reform campaigns in the Philippines (Francis Isaac and Joy Aceron)

This book is an expanded version of a research report published in December 2016, supported by a grant from Making All Voices Count (MAVC). The research was conducted in 2015 and 2016 by a team of researchers from the Philippines through the G-Watch Program that was then housed in the Ateneo School of Government, in partnership with the Accountability Research Center at American University, Washington DC, USA, and the Institute of Development Studies, UK.

Joy Aceron (Editor)

Joy Aceron is the Convenor-Director of G-Watch and a Research Fellow at the Accountability Research Center (ARC). A graduate of the University of the Philippines with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy, Joy has 15 years of experience in citizen monitoring, citizenship education, and civil society-government engagement. She has published works on civil society participation, political reform, and vertically integrated citizen-led reform campaigns.

Jonathan Fox

Jonathan Fox is a professor in the School of International Service at American University. He studies the relationships between accountability, transparency and citizen participation. He directs the Accountability Research Center. His most recent publications include articles in World Development and the IDS Bulletin, and reports published by Making All Voices Count, U4: Anti-Corruption Resource Center and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative. His books include Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico (Oxford 2007) and Mexico’s Right-to-Know Reforms: Civil Society Perspectives (co-editor, Fundar/Wilson Center 2007). He was a founding member of the International Expert Panel of the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Open Government Partnership and currently serves on the boards of directors of Fundar (Mexico) and the Bank Information Center (DC). For online publications, see http://jonathan-fox.org/.

Francis Isaac

Francis Isaac is a researcher at Government Watch (G-Watch), writing on Philippine elections, social movements, human rights, and agrarian reform. He is also involved with various non-government organizations and citizen-led reform campaigns in the Philippines. Francis is currently working towards his masters in International Studies in De La Salle University in Manila.