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‘Citizens' Report on Governance and Development 2010' released

NEW DELHI: The number of Bills passed by Parliament declined from 47 in 2008 to 41 in 2009; more than 40 lakh cases were pending in State High Courts by December 31 last year. Many such findings were released here on Tuesday in the “Citizens' Report on Governance and Development 2010” by the National Social Watch.

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03/15/2011


Curbing Procurement Corruption

By PRANAV BHATTARAI

Public procurement is a lucrative area for business and corruption as well. It is estimated that approximately 70 percent of the central government expenditure in every country is spent through procurement or contracts annually.

Source: Read More

03/13/2011


Automating Public Procurement

By Pranav Bhattarai

Developing countries are making efforts to modernize their procurement system with the use of web-based technologies. Many governments worldwide have adopted e-procurement as a great leap toward promoting e-government.

Source: Republica

03/03/2011


RTI Against Corruption

by Pranav Bhattarai

Source: MYREPUBLICA.com

02/14/2011


Making Procurement Socially Accountable

By Md Shafiul Alam

Public procurement, that accounts for over three billion US dollars a year, is an important area of governance in the country. Transparency, accountability, fair competition and equal treatment to all are the essence of public procurement. The use of public money in the process calls for strict adherence to the Public Procurement Act (PPA) 2006 and the Public Procurement Rules (2008).

Source: The Financial Express

01/30/2011


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Funded by The World Bank Institute, the Affiliated Networks for Social Accountability (ANSA) are an initiative to promote, strengthen and sustain social accountability knowledge and praxis globally. Social Accountability refers to the ways and means through which citizens can hold public institutions accountable in terms of delivering public services, improving people's welfare and protecting people's rights and entitlements.

The primary objective of ANSA-SAR & the Global Partnership Fund is to enhance and scale up social accountability and governance initiatives in the South Asia Region and elsewhere, through providing project grants to civil society organizations, giving academic fellowships to young scholars and building capacities and competencies within both state and civil society institutions.

ANSA South Asia Region (ANSA-SAR) & Global are currently coordinated from the Institute of Governance Studies, BRAC University, Dhaka. The institute also houses the Journalism and Research Initiative (JATRI).

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Welcome to ANSA-SAR

Funded by The World Bank Institute, the Affiliated Networks for Social Accountability (ANSA) are an initiative to promote, strengthen and sustain social accountability knowledge and praxis globally. Social Accountability refers to the ways and means through which citizens can hold public institutions accountable in terms of delivering public services, improving people's welfare and protecting people's rights and entitlements.

Welcome to ANSA-SAR

Funded by The World Bank Institute, the Affiliated Networks for Social Accountability (ANSA) are an initiative to promote, strengthen and sustain social accountability knowledge and praxis globally. Social Accountability refers to the ways and means through which citizens can hold public institutions accountable in terms of delivering public services, improving people's welfare and protecting people's rights and entitlements.

The primary objective of ANSA-SAR & the Global Partnership Fund is to enhance and scale up social accountability and governance initiatives in the South Asia Region and elsewhere, through providing project grants to civil society organizations, giving academic fellowships to young scholars and building capacities and competencies within both state and civil society institutions.

ANSA South Asia Region (ANSA-SAR) & Global are currently coordinated from the Institute of Governance Studies, BRAC University, Dhaka. The institute also houses the Journalism and Research Initiative (JATRI).

For more information, please Click Here

News Update

ANSA SAR conducted a training on social accountability with a focus on Citizen Report Card for 28 Assistant Commissioners of Customs and VAT. The training was held in Chittagong on February 13, 2011 at the Customs and VAT training academy.

The Chief Operating Officer of ANSA-SAR, Dr. Gopa Kumar K Thampi designed and moderated a session on Social Accountability and Political Economic Review – The Local Governance Project- The Asia Foundation- Sri Lanka from 23-30 January, 2011 to assess the nature of challenges and key issues to achieve the social accountability strategic objectives in the context of an overall political and economic analysis.

By Zahid Abdullah

 

Pakistani civil society organisation and ASNA SAR partner, the Center for Peace and Development Initiatives, organised a protest rally demanding legislation of the Punjab Right to Information Act, in Rawalpindi on 22 February 2011.

Around 60 people converged in front of the Rawalpindi Press Club to highlight the yawning gap between professed claims of the provincial government about transparent and good governance, and the situation on the ground which denies Right to Information to 100 million residents of the Punjab province.

ANSA-SAR in partnership with the Bangladesh Civil Services (Tax) Training Academy, held a one-day workshop on January 18, 2011 in Dhaka for 40 Assistant Income Tax Commissioners on 'Engaging with Citizens for Improving Service Delivery.' The workshop was structured around a learning and sharing theme and explored cutting edge insights on strategies, approaches and methodologies that inform and influence social accountability discourses and practices.

In February 2010, ANSA SAR grantee and Bangalore-based civil society organisation Public Affairs Centre (PAC) embarked on a unique study on climate change, linking livelihoods and Environmental Governance. The 2-year project is entitled “Enhancing Community Centred Governance in Climate Change Affected Coastal Areas”. It focuses on developing a tool called Climate Change Score Card (CCSC) which will facilitate citizens' monitoring of the impact of climate change in their locality.

The second cycle of ANSA SAR’s Grant Program is aimed at promoting social accountability initiatives in South Asia. In addition to Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, grants of up to $45,000 were open for projects also in Nepal and Pakistan to be completed over a maximum period of fifteen months.

ANSA-SAR & GPF, in partnership with the World Bank Institute and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), hosted a workshop with Bangladeshi parliamentarians on ‘Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight: Stronger Linkages between Citizens and MPs’ on 13 December, 2010 at the Westin Hotel. The workshop was attended by 20 participants, including nine MPs representing both benches in the National Parliament (Jatiya Sangsad).

 

ANSA Global partner Legislative Directory Foundation (Fundación Directorio Legislativo, FDL), together with Mexico’s CSO Fundar, were joined by other organizations working on legislative issues to create The Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency. The network was officially launched in 2010 with 15 founding members from 5 countries (Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Peru).

ANSA SAR in partnership with the International Budget Partnership and the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka hosted a two day event at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo on 24-25 November 2010, to launch the South Asia findings from the 2010 Open Budget Survey. The Open Budget Survey is the only independent, comparative, and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world.

ANSA SAR collaborated with GTZ and InWent in a Regional Conference on Delivering Social Protection to Unorganized Workers, held in Bangalore, India, from 18 to 20 November 2010. This conference was jointly supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, InWEnt – Weiterbildung und Entwicklung GmbH, Capacity Building International, Germany.

Promoting Tales of Social Accountability At Work

A man is killed trying to protect a public park from land-sharks. Another is killed while trying to promote others' right to information. Fishing communities organise themselves against the onslaught of climate change. Generations of women who have begged for a living negotiate their rights to open bank accounts.

Dr. Gopakumar Thampi, COO of ANSA SAR & Global was invited by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) to participate in the Council's 2010 meeting during 21 - 22 October, 2010, as a Keynote Speaker for the Opening Plenary on the theme: "The Bottom Billion: Are Governments, Business & NGOs Accountable?".

ACFID represents Australia's non profit aid and development sector, with member organizations in more than 100 countries.

ANSA SAR facilitated a discussion on ‘Citizen Monitoring in Public Procurement’ for the second meeting of the Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC), within the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) under the Planning Ministry of Bangladesh. The Honourable Minister for Planning, Air Vice Marshal (Ret.) AK Khandker chaired the programme, held on 19th August 2010 at the Planning Commission Campus, in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka.

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    In the absence of government information/documents, is it possible to use proxies or other sources of information to carry out a PETS? Also, what is a good way to triangulate official information?

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By Sameera Huque

Photographers, and many others, often like to claim that 'a picture tells a thousand words'. When I worked as a documentary photographer, I used to try again and again (and repeatedly fail) to capture that essential image which would be the ultimate 'decisive moment', the fraction of a second that would tell the whole story about the exact situation facing me. In Dhaka slums, the Tibetan high plateau, down cobbled streets in Europe, in villages by the Bay of Bengal, theoretically, one fortuitous click could have that singular image, which would spring the story of a thousand words to whoever lucky enough to view it.

by PAVAN SRINATH

Environmental and ‘green’ issues rarely make a dent in political discourse in India. In the past one decade, India has been witnessing unprecedented rates of growth and economic development. This has often been achieved at the cost of environmental degradation, large scale pollution and a complete disregard to our country’s depleting natural resources.

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