In recent years, social accountability programming has evolved from a more isolated approach to building the capacity of individual actors and institutions and a focus on supply and demand, to a more holistic “ecosystems” approach, which seeks to link social accountability efforts with the broader accountability system. An accountability ecosystems approach considers formal and informal accountability mechanisms, and aims to engage a broad range of actors and institutions involved in promoting accountability, including state and non-state actors such as civil society, the media, government officials, institutions of accountability, and others. It also requires an understanding of the political economy of the context and of how accountability processes are interrelated and part of a larger political and socio-economic system. Finally, the complexity of understanding and influencing social accountability actors calls for new and rigorous ways of thinking about organizational and systems capacity development, from managerial approaches to systems leadership.
The purpose of the session will be to delve deeper into the aspects of this approach, including a discussion of diverse viewpoints, to better understand what it is and why it matters before further discussion on examples and experiences in following sessions.
● Brendan Halloran, Senior Fellow, Strategy and Learning, International Budget Partnership
● Evan Bloom, Co-Founder and Managing Partner for Innovation, Root Change
● Michael Moses, Director of Programs and Advocacy, Global Integrity
● Veenita Emehelu, Director, Asia Region, Chemonics International
Speakers will draw on recent learning and project experiences to explore aspects of this emerging approach, including structural aspects and social physics; political economy considerations; adaptive learning; and programmatic implications.