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Safety and protection of Kenyan journalists: Is it common sense or common cents?

A number of journalists have recently been harassed and their equipment confiscated by state authorities and political goons. Safety and protection of journalist is, therefore, now a major concern in Kenya. Between November 2012 and January 2013, the Media Council of Kenya received complaints of about 30 cases of harassment, intimidation and violent attacks of journalists. Other organisations...

Cooperating with the private sector in child labour free zones in Africa

This guiding document provides concrete action-oriented driven information useful to local government bodies, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and trade unions working in different African countries on how to engage with Multinational Companies (MNCs) and their supply chain partners against child labour.

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Cooperating with the private sector in child labour free zones in India

Efforts to reduce and remediate child labour require attention from multiple angles. One key element is the role of the private sector.

This guide focuses on how Community Based Organizations (CBOs), NonGovernmental Organizations (NGOs) and Trade Unions can effectively engage private sector actors in their efforts to eradicate child labour, including by cooperating with them in an area-...

Fostering new ideas for social inclusion and accountable, responsive governance

How can programmes such as Making All Voices Count utilise innovation as a strategy for addressing complex governance problems?

This think piece draws from a desk review of experience in using innovation to increase social inclusion, and an exchange of ideas in an e-dialogue between practitioners and scholars in January 2014. It draws on research and experiential evidence, and borrows...

The Question of Inclusiveness: A think piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Inclusiveness is a persistent theme in development thinking and practice. Concerns about who to include – and therefore who to exclude – how and at what level, lie at the heart of initiatives aimed at supporting expression, representation and influence.

This think piece draws from a desk review of experience on inclusion in ICT-mediated citizen engagement, and an exchange of ideas in an...

On speaking, mediation, representation and listening

Whose voice has value and why?  This think piece draws from a desk review of experience on voice, and an exchange of ideas in an e-dialogue between practitioners and scholars in January 2014. It reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions and questions about what ‘voice’ is and how it can be supported.

It includes five one-page summaries of key research in this field.

Government Responsiveness: A think piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

When citizens exercise voice, what is it that makes their voices count, or not count? If citizens’ voices count, governments are being responsive.

This think piece draws from a desk review of experience on government responsiveness, and an exchange of ideas in an e-dialogue between practitioners and scholars in January 2014. Many development and social change programmes have sought to...

How useful are RCTS in evaluating transparency and accountability projects?

This paper sheds light on existing evidence about the Random Controlled Trials (RCTs) in the evaluation of social accountability tools in service delivery. It asks where and under what conditions might RCTs be the most appropriate approach. What other evaluation approaches would be more effective and more robust, given the particular characteristics of transparency & accountability...

Bridging and bonding: improving links between accountability actors

When we walked in, the doctor was sat at his desk. We started asking about drug supply, maternal health, child mortality, which we knew were very problematic issues in the village. Then an old man walked in and sat by the doctor. From then on, we only heard great positive things about health in the village: no stock-outs, very low mortality, 24/7 ambulance... Turns out the old man was the...

Making All Voices Count strategy synthesis

The Making All Voices Count Strategy Synthesis presents the programme's strategic approach to programme activities in 2014. Making All Voices Count began with a clearly defined set of aims, a theory of change and a structure centred on four linked components – innovation, scaling, research and evidence, and catalysing global action. In our first year, activities were carried out under each of...

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