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Social accountability as a tool for promoting Citizen assertiveness and government responsiveness in Sustainable Development Goals implementation process Presented by A. Y. O. Modoc AFRAM PLAINS DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION Extee Crystal Hotel Bolgatanga, 22 rd October, 2015 h
Outline of presentation • • • Introduction Social Accountability process Levels of Social accountability Elements for effective SDG implementation Conclusions
The sustainable development goals are aimed INTRODUCTION at enhancing human conditions and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. The focus of goal six is on WASH related issues. The contribution of the WASH sector in realising this noble goal cannot be underestimated. The SDGs require resources from both local and international in order to ensure smooth implementation. Citizen and government action in social accountability process is an important way of ensuring smooth implementation of the SDGs.
Social Accountability • Social accountability process involves engaging both communities (right holders) and service providers (duty bearers) to assess policies and programs for improvement in service delivery. This process has been seen as a tool for promoting citizen assertiveness and government responsiveness in SDG implementation.
METHODOLOGY – Implementation Process Implementation of Actions Launching Awareness with SPs Interface Session & Action Plg Engagement with SPs Community Engagement Identification and Training of Facilitators
ACTIVITIES IN PICTURES
Social Accountability process Social accountability in WASH provides an opportunity for end users of water, sanitation and hygiene services to assess service delivery. This promote; • Participation • Dialogue • Self-Assessment and • Empowerment For improving access to water and sanitation services
LEVELS OF SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SDGS IMPLEMENTATION • Accountability at CSO level • Accountability at the Local Government Authority level • Accountability at the Area Council level • Accountability at the WSMT level and community structures.
Elements for effective SDG implementation • Localise the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) • Increase the availability of accessible information on progress of implementation • Strengthen CSOs and citizens’ capacity to carry out social accountability • Exploring the use of local initiatives/resources in addressing WASH issues. (indigenous knowledge) • Re-definition of development priorities • Partnership development(private sector)
Conclusions • Social Accountability is a tool that can empower citizens to make government responsive and committed to SDGs implementation in WASH. • All actors in WASH service delivery should also be accountable to the people. • The commitment of the government (Fulfiling promises and providing good leadership)
“if you take responsibility for your own actions, you show accountability. Stepping up and admitting it when you break accountability”