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Jonathan Fox, Director

Transparency and Accountability Strategies & Reproductive Health Delivery Systems hosted by ARC at American University in June 2016. The workshop was co-designed and co-convened with Vicky Boydell, the Evidence Project/IPPF and Sarah Shaw at the RHSC/MSI. Photo credit: ARC

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News and Events

April 2023 – A Research Briefing from Naomi Hossain and Jeff Hallock argues that the global food and energy protests of 2022 signal failures of accountability on a global scale

March 2023 – Judy Gearhart’s ARC Working Paper and blog share learning from labor rights advocates in Bangladesh and Cambodia who work with transnational networks to promote new forms of accountability in global apparel supply chains.

January 2023 – In her new ARC Working Paper, Abrehet Gebremedhin looks at ten cases of mulitilevel monitoring and advocacy in health rights programs, reflecting on vertical and horizontal organizing, and the escalation of unaddressed citizen claims.

January 2023 – New article from Rachel Nadelman and colleagues looks at how donor-funded public accountability programs working in the same place interact.

October 2022 – New report and blog from Rachel Nadelman, Katelyn Gallagher (Bank Information Center) and Christian Donaldson (Oxfam) examine how the World Bank can use its existing Country Engagement Strategy to engage with the risks posed by shrinking civic space.

September 2022 – New article from Angela Bailey and Vincent Mujune in International Journal for Equity in Health analyzes outcomes from direct engagements between citizens and the state to improve health services: Multi-level Change Strategies for Health: Learning from People-centered Advocacy in Uganda.

September 2022 – ARC was supported by the MacArthur Foundation to find out more about ‘sandwich strategies’ – interactive processes where reformers in government encourage citizen action from below, driving virtuous circles of mutual empowerment between pro-accountability actors. Details of 18 case studies from 12 countries, all on one page!

August 2022 – In their new Development in Practice article, Julia Fischer-Mackey and Jonathan Fox discuss the challenges of finding the right indicators to evaluate community monitoring and social accountability initiatives: Pitfalls of “Slippery Indicators”: The Importance of Reading Between the Lines.

May 2022 – Working paper by Shuvra Chowdhury and Naomi Hossain, Accountability and Responsiveness in Managing Covid-19 in Bangladesh, published by the Institute of Development Studies.

May 2022 – Literature review by Suchi Pande and Naomi Hossain, Grievance Redress Mechanisms in the Public Sector, co-published with the Open Government Partnership for Open Government Week 2022.

May 2022 – Annotated bibliography by Suchi Pande, Social Audits in Service Delivery, co-published with the Open Government Partnership for Open Government Week 2022.

May 2022 – Veena Sriram and Sorcha A. Brophy’s blog, Workers, Not Warriors: Four Lessons from Health Worker Protests during COVID-19, published by The Conversation, May 3, 2022

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