Participatory monitoring to improve performance of government services and promote citizen empowerment: a success story from the Philippines.

Jan 19, 2016
Advocacy

This case study written by Claudia Baez Camargo, Head of Governance Research at the Basel Institute on Governance pertains to an assessment conducted by the Basel Institute on Governance, in collaboration with UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN), of a social accountability monitoring project in the municipality of San Miguel, Bohol in the Philippines. The aforementioned project, called Bayaniham Undertaking Living in a Healthy and Organised Neighborhood or BULHON sa Panguma (BULHON), involves the monitoring of agricultural subsidies and was developed and implemented by the Government Watch (G-Watch) programme of the Ateneo School of Government in Manila. This project received support from the predecessor of UNDP GAIN (Global Programme on Anti-Corruption – PACDE) as part of its ongoing efforts to promote citizen participatory anti-corruption efforts word wide. The assessment was aimed at furthering an understanding about the context-specific factors that enable the success of social accountability interventions. This case study presents the results from that assessment (conducted in San Miguel, Bohol, Philippines during the month of July 2013) and the lessons learned about the importance of adequately contextualizing social accountability initiatives generally. 

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