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March 29, 2017
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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. 
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Improving functionality and sustainability of water systems in rural settings through social accountability mechanisms
This webinar with Helvetas looks at the key issues that make water governance in rural settings such a challenge, and presents examples on how accountability mechanisms in municipal planning and monitoring processes can be improved.
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#SocialAccStories: Improving the right to housing in Argentina though access to information 
By Renzo Lavin
 
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From our partners
Europe & Central Asia Regional Forum on Social Accountability in Water Sector
GPSA, WPP and Oxfam are organizing the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Forum on Social Accountability in the water sector. CSOs in the ECA region with experience in collaborative social accountability who wish to participate, are invited to express their interest by sending a letter with motivation to the GPSA. Preference will be given to those with experience working in the water sector, although relevant background in other sectors will also be considered.
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Challenges in aggregated citizen voice data to trigger service delivery changes
In this practice paper, Building an ecosystem around data, FRI’s Heather Gilberds and MAVC’s Francesca Feruglio discuss some of the challenges in using and interpreting the data from the Listening Post to create change in the governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in delivering services to farmers.
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In Buenos Aires, Right to Information Helps Renters Get a Foot in the Door
By Sebastián Pilo
In a city where one-third of its population are renters, advocates are using a transparency law to curb shady real estate practices. This blog tells us more about ACIJ's initiative.
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Women and the right of access to information
A research from the Carter Center examines women’s right to information in Bangladesh. It asks whether women are able to access information with the same frequency, ease, and rate of success as men - and why. 
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Accountability for Safe Train Service in Argentina
Argentina’s General Audit Office had previously issued reports pointing out issues related to train services provided by the private company Trains of Buenos Aires (TBA). However, its March 2012 report, coming just days after a fatal accident involving a TBA train, had a much greater impact.
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Don´t forget that you too can contribute to the Knowledge platform. Send us your social accountability materials (toolkits, reports, videos, etc.) and disseminate them in the Networking Board. You can also send us the news and events of your organizations and networks. 

For more information on the GPSA Knowledge Platform, please contact us through gpsakp@fundar.org.mx 
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