ICT for Social Accountability
Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration:10 weeks | Registration open
Course developed by The World Bank Institute
Course developed by The World Bank Institute and customized by PRIA Launched by PRIA through its online and distance learning platform Moodle.
This course is part of a World Bank Institute e-learning program on Accountable Governance. The learning program includes courses on social accountability theory, tools, and strategy. Courses drawn from the material contained in this learning program are delivered in partnership with WBI partner institutions, which adapt and modify the material in order to best match local context and learning needs. This three-module course, ICT for Social Accountability seeks to demonstrate the link between ICTs and social accountability by providing a variety of examples of how CSOs have been able to enter into key partnerships to explore implementation of innovative ICT platforms. This course includes three modules on ICT for Social Accountability. The first one provides a conceptual overview of social accountability, the second module addresses the relationship between social accountability and ICTs, while the third module features some available ICT tools and processes that can be used for various social accountability activities. Practical examples will also be provided . This course is specifically targeting civil society practitioners and key stakeholders that have a general knowledge or specific background on social accountability and are interested to learn more about ICT tools. At the end of the course, participants will undertake a capstone exercise which will focus on designing a project to implement an ICT tool in support of an initiative by their organization.
- A unique partnership using the expertise, experiences and materials of both the World Bank Institute and PRIA to develop the course materials
- Offered in a distance and online mode
- Detailed steps and clear examples of implementing tools for social accountability, designed to develop practical competencies and skills
- International experiences and illustrations of approaches and tools for facilitating social accountability, for comparative learning
- Development professionals and practitioners
- Students and researchers of social accountability, governance and citizen participation
- Staff of donor agencies
- Understanding of the concept of social accountability
- Understanding of how ICTs link to social accountability initiatives from a CSO perspective
- Identifying the main principles of the Access to Information (ATI) and open government data movements and their importance for social accountability
- Identifying which ICT tools may be effective in implementation of transparency and accountability activities such as access to information, monitoring, and grievance redress mechanisms
- Learning about implementation of ICT tools for social accountability through case studies and good practices examples
- Learning what can be the next step in order to use such ICT tools in project implementation
- Knowing about case studies and good practices on the application of ICT tools to improve performance monitoring and citizen feedback mechanisms, from around the world
- The course is organized into three modules, each of which uses a blend of learning tools and methods to present the key concepts and provide opportunities to apply and discuss these new concepts.
- All modules use multimedia presentations and selected readings to deliver the key messages. In addition, the modules use some combination of videos, interactive simulations, research exercises and/or case studies to broaden your understanding of the topics.
Module 1: Introduction and Social Accountability Concepts
- What is Social Accountability?
- Building blocks of social accountability: key factors for success
- Social accountability and the public financial management cycle
Module 2: Data, Information, and Adding ICTs to the Social Accountability Equation
- How ICT Platforms Fit in the Social Accountability "Equation"
- Access to Information and ICTs - Reactive and Proactive Disclosure
- Open Government Data in Principle and Practice
- Open Data. What for? Linking Information and Citizen Action
Module 3: ICT Tools for Enhancing Social Accountability
- Data Visualization
- Crowd Sourcing
- Social Media
- Mobile Technology
- New Partnerships around ICT
- Examples of ICTs for Social Accountability in Practice