Civil Society & Development: Global Trends, Implications and Recommendations for Stakeholders in the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commits all 193 UN Member States to achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through collective efforts between governments, the private sector and civil society. The 2030 Declaration specifies roles and responsibilities for civil society to play but is ambiguous on how partnership structures would be forged at the national level. A team of PTF experts have analyzed several global trends concerning civil society’s role in development and their implications for various stakeholders in Civil Society & Development: Global Trends, Implications and Recommendations for Stakeholders in the 2030 Agenda to build a better understanding of modalities for CSO engagement. Read more...

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A Decade of Helping Civil Society Fight Corruption in the Philippines: Results and Lessons

A Decade of Helping Civil Society Fight Corruption in the Philippines (dragged)A Decade of Helping Civil Society Fight Corruption in the Philippines details the results and lessons of a decade long (2003-2013) Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) support to Filipino civil society organizations (CSOs) to fight corruption. It celebrates the successes and reflects on challenges faced as PTF enters a new phase in the Philippines - a regional affiliate called PTF Asia as a foundation headquartered in Manila. Read more...

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Engaging Citizens in Health Service Delivery: A Literature Review

PTF Literature Review Final to MSH Aug 31 2015 (2) (dragged)Engaging Citizens in Health Service Delivery summarizes the current findings on citizen engagement instruments and examines whether these interventions have contributed to enhanced health practices and ultimately on improved health outcomes. The publication was produced by PTF Adviser, Judith Edstrom, under USAID’s Leadership, Management, and Governance Project, a USAID-funded program to collaborate with health leaders and policy makers being Implemented by a consortium led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH). Read more...

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Lessons from the CARTA Program in Bangladesh and Nepal

Lessons-Learned-from-the-CARTA-Program-in-Nepal-and-BangladeshRecent years have witnessed concerns about issues of government effectiveness and accountability, particularly in the delivery of public services. Citizen engagement is increasingly recognized as a method to help improve development program effectiveness. The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF)has published Lessons from the CARTA Program in Nepal and Bangladesh to review the unique initiative to enhance World Bank projects by promoting CSO engagement to demand better governance and offer recommendations for future accountability programming. Read more...

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Citizen Engagement and Social Accountability Approaches in Enhancing Integrity of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

UntitledConditional cash transfer programs (CCTPs) are widely used in the world and are proving effective in generating proven poverty alleviation impacts. However, CCTP achievements are undermined by fraud, errors, and corruption. These integrity risks and international experiences in managing them by using both state and civil society led efforts have been analyzed in a paper prepared by PTF as part of Guarding the Integrity of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCTP) in the Philippines, implemented by the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG) and funded by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA).

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Open Government Partnership and Sustainable Development Goal Number 16: Similarities and Differences

UntitledThis paper is a modest contribution to a main focus of the upcoming 2015 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit: How principles of open government can support compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Post-2015 Agenda. The specific question we address within this broader context is “What lessons do the OGP processes and results offer for development and implementation of national strategies and actions plans for achieving the proposed governance Sustainable Development Goal Number 16 (SDG #16)?

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Citizens Fighting Corruption: Results and Lessons of an Innovative Pilot Program in India

Citizens Fighting Corruption, as its authors note: “Comes at an opportune time. Citizens of India are angry and frustrated at the pervasive and endemic corruption that is coming to light.”   Authors Vinay Bhargava, Indira Sandila, Alexander Varghese and Harish Poovaiah, argue that “there is hope” – that innovative civil society approaches to promote good governance can yield significant benefits to the very poor. The report’s fundamentally positive conclusions are based on projects pursued by 14 civil society organizations (CSOs) working in four diverse Indian states in India (Odisha, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttarkhand) and covering more than 1000 villages. Read more...

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Citizens Against Corruption: Report from the Front Line

Book coverOver the last dozen years The Partnership for Transparency Fund has supported with money and expert advice more than 250 projects across the developing world to reduce corruption. Now, in a brand new book, Landell-Mills reviews the record: he highlights the civil society organizations that are making a real difference to secure basic human and civil rights for tens of thousands of poor people; he describes fascinating projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America and in Central & eastern Europe; and, he brings to the fore the key lessons that all engaged in the fight against corruption need to use to advance their work. Read more...

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"Tackling Corruption in Kenya and Uganda" Seminar Report

This report outlines the proceedings and activities of a two day workshop from November 12 – 14, 2012, convened by PTF together with local Kenyan civil society organization, ACT. The aim of the workshop was to bring together Ugandan and Kenyan CSOs, re-invigorate multi-stakeholder efforts and share perspectives and best practices towards addressing the complex challenge of corruption. The conference featured three different sessions to showcase CSOs’ work in different areas, from experiences working at the community level to curb corruption, to use of technology to fight corruption and efforts to improve the accountability of government institutions.

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Engaging Citizens against Corruption in Asia: Approaches, Results, and Lessons

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This report provides expert advice, case studies and presentations that will help CSOs around the world reach greater impact through their work.  It identified ‘constructive engagement with authorities’, ‘innovative use of media’ and ‘political economy analysis’ as some of the most salient challenges to resolve as CSOs take anti-corruption work to the next level. Read more...

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Waging War on Corruption: Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power

New PictureIn Waging War on Corruption: Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power, Frank Vogl (PTF Vice-Chair), one of the leaders of the worldwide anti-corruption movement, shares a history filled with stories of heroes and victims of corruption. He chronicles the successful campaigns by enormously courageous civil society activists, journalists, and public prosecutors and explains the crucial challenges that now must be confronted. At stake is nothing less than our global security, the reduction of poverty, the stability of our economic and financial systems, and the cause of freedom and democracy. Read more...

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Stimulating Demand for Good Governance: Eight Strategic Recommendations for Intensifying the Role of the World Bank

Stimulating the Demand for Good GovernanceThe study, “Stimulating the Demand for Good Governance – Eight Strategic Recommendations for Intensifying the Role of the World Bank,” focuses on the World Bank’s recent “Governance and Anti-Corruption” (GAC) policies. The report stresses that the Bank’s goal to significantly scale-up its work in the anti-corruption area with civil society organizations (CSOs) has been hampered by: its approaches that first seek host government executive branch consent; poor publicity by the Bank of opportunities for civil society to receive funding; CSO concerns that receiving funds from their governments will undermine their independence; and, “there is an inherent conflict of interest in a CSO accepting funds from a government agency or the World Bank and then engaging in independent monitoring of that same agency in a Bank-financed project.”  Read more... 

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PTF at the 2010 International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)

Under the heading of “Restoring Trust: Global Action for Transparency,” more that 1,200 anti-corruption experts converged in Bangkok, Thailand for the International Anti-Corruption Conference in mid-November 2010. PTF held a special workshop, moderated by PTF Chair, Anabel Cruz. The session provided four of PTF’s civil society partners the opportunity to discuss their work with PTF and produce reports. Read more...

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