Social Accountability: Methodology of Participatory Governance
Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration open
In the recent past, people's participation in governance processes has increased dramatically. The increased awareness of citizens and the demand to change the quality of their lives, has led to the concept of social accountability. This notion implies ordinary citizens demanding of accountability from those involved in governance, through directly and indirectly means.This course addresses an urgent need to create more awareness and acceptance for this citizen-centric approach to governance. This course provides a more thorough understanding of the theory and application of social accountability mechanisms, within India and the wider Asian region. It illustrates the varied social accountability mechanisms that citizens are experimenting with in a bid to have a greater say and stake in the way development takes place and control the processes that impact on their lives.
- This innovative course is one of a kind, developed from an Asian perspective that speaks of citizen participation in development processes.
- It is intended to enhance the theoretical understanding of the concepts and practices of social accountability.
- The course material is designed and developed, to meet the special requirements of a distance mode of education. It includes inbuilt exercises and in-text questions aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis.
- Moodle the preferred web-based platform, used by educational institutions across the world, is used to maximize interaction between the instructors and the learners. Lively discussions take place in an asynchronous mode, enabling learners from across the globe to participate and share their comments, queries, suggestions, views and experiences in their virtual classroom.
- Learners can also access the instructor through the Moodle, via emails, Skype and even over the telephone.
This course is designed for practitioners, adult educators, managers (staff of international and national voluntary development organisations, bi-lateral and multi-lateral development agencies, and government departments), researchers and policy makers from countries of the South, who are currently engaged in or interested in learning about local self-governance.
This course is also intended as an in-service career opportunity for practitioners, who could be mid-career professionals or young professionals, with some practical experience of being engaged in the process of social change.
Learning OutcomesAfter the completion of this course the learner would have
- Developed a knowledge base on the appropriate tools of social accountability, within the governance framework
- Strengthened the understanding and application of the theoretical knowledge in specific practical contexts
To enhance the theoretical and conceptual understanding of social accountability, illustrated with the practicaland functional aspects of demanding accountability from those in positions of governance.
- 6 units of study
- Four evaluative exercises – Reflection note, quizzes and project based assignment.
- 2–3 videos for the course
- Powerpoint presentation giving the highlights of each unit
- Additional readings per unit
Unit 1: Understanding Social Accountability within the Governance Cycle
Unit 2: Social Accountability Mechanisms in the Election Process
Unit 3: Social Accountability in Policy Formulations and Planning
Unit 4: Budget Transparency and Accountability
Unit 5:Performance Monitoring
Unit 6: Emerging Issues