Hivos International

Civil Society

Decentralisation has provided the opportunity for the participatory model of development planning and budgeting to be applied in Indonesia. Through a participatory planning and budgeting system known as "Musrenbang" (Musyawarah Perencanaan Pembangunan), Indonesia attempts to enable local government to better engage citizens and discuss community aspirations and priorities in a formal forum.

Since joining the Open Government Partnership in 2011, the Indonesian Government has shown some commitment towards implementing initiatives that increase citizen voice and government and service-providers’ accountability to citizens and service users. These include a series information and communications technology (ICT)- based complaint-handling systems that give members of the public an opportunity to highlight problems with the delivery of public services to those in a position to fix them.

South Asia is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s population and is a region of dynamic economic growth, yet it performs relatively poorly on health and nutrition indicators. As a potential route towards addressing this poor performance, a range of accountability initiatives has been implemented to improve service delivery in the health and nutrition sectors.

Many governments, international agencies and civil society organisations (CSOs) support and promote open data. Most open government data initiatives have focused on supply – creating portals and publishing information. Much less attention has been given to demand – understanding data needs and nurturing engagement. This research report examines the demand for open data in South Africa, and asks under what conditions meeting this demand might influence accountability.

This report shares the findings from an impact assessment of Accountability Lab, conducted between August 2016 and March 2017 as part of a research and learning grant from Making All Voices Count.

Since the implementation of the first Open Government Partnership National Action Plan (OGP-NAP) in Uruguay in 2012, open government has evolved from a focus on e-government that was non-participatory, towards a multi-stakeholder, transversal approach to public policies, with its own budget allocation. This and subsequent NAPs have incorporated citizen engagement in its objectives to improve government transparency, accountability and responsiveness, and have been developed though a multi-stakeholder consultation process.

This paper, entitled "Unity in Diversity", provides an academic background on the protection of diversity in both the international (UN experience) and regional (European, US and African) frameworks, and then assesses national, religious and linguistic diversity in Iraq, offering an overview of the national framework for diversity in Iraq.

Le mouvement international pour l’élimination du travail des enfants Stop Child Labour a rédigé un manuel présentant des expériences menées à travers le monde dans le but de partager et pour inspirer d’autres acteurs à mettre en oeuvre et à soutenir l’approche géographique des zones libres de tout travail d’enfant. Les 25 (5 x 5) éléments essentiels présentés dans ce manuel ont été définis sur la base des expériences et stratégies des ONG, syndicats et membres des zones libres de tout travail d’enfant à travers le monde.

It is a well-known fact that extension of universal citizenship rights to all citizens regardless of their socio-economic status, were considered as a feature of the progress of modern societies. This approach is widely contested in 1980s due to the growth of social movements which challenge the traditional form of citizenship. The main theme in these movements were/are differences of gender, ethnicity, and “race”. New social movements have also challenged the idea of same set of rights for all citizens in a single universal citizenship.