R4D’s Governance Program believes that the key to improving the efficiency and quality of public spending and services, and thus people’s access to basic rights, is to strengthen citizens’ ability to hold their government accountable. R4D’s work to enhance accountability is based on three main approaches: strengthening non-governmental organizations’ and citizens’ capacity to undertake accountability work; developing and disseminating tools and lessons to support accountability work; and strengthening government’s capacity and political will to work with civil society in a way that improves spending and services. Read More...
TAP grantee, the Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) in Kenya worked with the government and private scholarship providers to improve communications and change policies so that students who really need the scholarships are able to receive them.
Working with other CSOs, TAP grantee Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) in India arranged to have standard drug lists posted in each health facility and publicized staff absences from clinics as a way of applying pressure for better performance by the government health department.
After tracking teacher absenteeism through unannounced visits to schools in Ghana, CDD established that nearly half of teachers were regularly absent from classes. CDD further found that simple measures such as relocating teacher training programs and rescheduling pay days could cut down on such absenteeism.
In Guatemala, TAP’s local partner found that only 28% of primary school students had books at the start of school, due to mismatches between budget and school year cycles. The Ministry of Education agreed to shift the school calendar nationwide so that children got their books on time.