Affiliated Network for Social
Accountability South Asia Region (ANSA-SAR) and Sustainable
Development Policy Institute (SDPI) along with other number of local
organizations are partners for promoting Social Accountability (SAc)
Social Accountability is a relatively
newer concept in South Asia. Originated and implemented first in
India, the idea exhibits the essence of democracy and lays out a road
map to good governance. It stands for citizen’s participation
Moreover, besides approaching the ordinary citizens, the SDPI has also set a nationwide Pakistan Social Accountability Network (PSAN) to which over 100 organizations are active members, while many more of them are contacting to be a part of this network.
About four months back, ANSA, that is
simultaneously funding similar activities in other South Asian
countries, and that is thoroughly in touch and involved with for
facilitating the respective partners, realized that while response
For formal creation of this CoP, it was
essential to decide on its mandate and responsibilities while being
considerate to the status of SAc practices and implementation of its
tools in every member country in South Asia. In this
Anchored by CUTS International at South Asia level and by SDPI in Pakistan, this CoPSA workshop was convened to deliberate on the formation of the means that may take forward the ANSA’s work on Social Accountability. This required creating and maintaining good relations with the potential donors and building on the social accountability agenda in the respective countries. Attended by participants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, the CoPSA intended to create a community of professionals and organizations that may invest, build, convene, provide, share and advocate for strengthening, spreading and institutionalizing social accountability. Moreover, it was also realized that this community will need to build a sense of belonging among the members as well as utilizing its internal energy, character and direction for refinement in its approach.
The essential objectives of this CoPSA workshop included
a) creation of a platform for sharing knowledge, experience, tools and lessons
b) strengthening networking among the members and stakeholders
c) sensitizing governments anddonors
d) building capacity of the members and promotion of the innovation process.
With regards to the expected outcomes, the perceived points included
a) enhanced visibility and support for the SAc practices
b) sensitized donors
c) a functioning network with
d) enhanced capacity of the members.
During the workshop, all the participants
were invited to share the findings of the in-country consultation
workshops respectively held in their countries. These presentations
broadly took stock of the ongoing SAc work in each
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