Discussion with Experts: Improving Water Governance through Social Accountability
With Blanche Cotlear, Ghazia Aslam and Charlotte Ornemark
From March 28-April 14
Over the last decade, governments and donors have increased budget allocations to water services and infrastructure in many countries around the world, but this has not translated into proportionate results on the ground. Several governance constraints undermine effective water service delivery, notably low institutional capacity, poor incentives, information asymmetries between citizens and service providers, and weak accountability mechanisms. Against this background, emerging evidence indicates that strengthening the capacity of civil society to implement social accountability tools can play a positive role in overcoming governance challenges, which lie at the heart of poor service delivery.
This Discussion with experts will contribute to: (1) learning about CSO, citizen, water providers, and government capacity to implement social accountability strategies and tools in order to monitor and improve water service delivery; (2) understanding how citizen feedback that can be used to inform the design and implementation of water governance projects; and (3) exploring how gendered approaches to social accountability programming in the water sector can be transformative for women and girls.