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Enhancing Development Impact, Sustainability and Ownership of Development Projects through Citizen Engagement

  • OpenGov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

This event is being organized by OpenGov Hub member, Partnership for Transparency Fund.

Recent years have witnessed concerns about issues of government effectiveness and accountability, particularly in the delivery of public services. Citizen engagement is increasingly recognized as a method to help improve development program effectiveness. The Citizen Action for Results Transparency and Accountability (CARTA) program built the capacity of local CSOs to conduct donor project monitoring to enhance World Bank projects by strengthening ownership of outcomes, reducing the propensity of corruption and increasing overall citizen engagement. The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) has published Lessons from the CARTA Program in Nepal and Bangladesh to review the unique initiative.

Lessons from the CARTA Program offers practical lessons on program design and operation, establishing local partnerships, and project management. It summarizes the primary findings, synthesizes lessons from the varied implementation challenges and outlines the implications for the design of future projects that incorporate citizen engagement in public service delivery monitoring. As social accountability programs are highly dependent on context, the report also describes the results and lessons of each sub-project in detail.

Tjaarda Storm van Leeuwen, CARTA Program Director, will make a brief presentation on the overall results of the program to identify areas where progress has been made and elicit recommendations for future citizen engagement initiatives to assure responsive, accountable and sustainable results and corruption risk mitigation.

We look forward to your participation on June 23rd at 12:30pm at the OpenGov Hub – 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005. A light lunch will be provided. If you can’t make it to the Hub, join us virtually by clicking the following link at the start of the meeting: