Participatory Monitoring and Accountability: what do we mean and how can it be linked to the SDGs?
IDS Convening Space
Accountability, in particular Social Accountability, has boomed under the assumption that when democratic systems are unstable or dysfunctional, certain tools and mechanisms can allow regular citizens to expose, and hopefully drive powerholders (government officials, informal and formal authorities, private sector actors, and other service providers) to recognise their inactions or harmful practices and change these behaviours.
Photo Credit: Radio Ada, Ada Songor Salt Women's Association (ASSWA) expose to their clan chiefs the need to stop illegal exploitation of salt in the Songor lagoon to stop its depletion and their loss of livelihoods.
The work of Participate network members in Egypt, Ghana, and South Africa has demonstrated that marginalised people’s participation and engagement in holding powerful to account is more transformative if it emerges from their own knowledge and traditional practices. People and civic groups can combine this ‘everyday’ forms of accountability with other formal social accountability mechanisms such as budget tracking or community scorecards to attain longer-term change.
In this seminar, the speakers will share their thinking on Participatory Accountability; how it connects to the surfacing and valuing other types of knowledge; and its potential as a more inclusive and transformative approach to monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Chair: Jackie Shaw, IDS Fellow-Participation cluster whose expertise focuses on integrating visual methods into action research processes
- Jo Howard, IDS Fellow-Participation cluster working on social inclusion, citizenship building and processes of participation
- Joanna Wheeler, storycrafter, researcher, facilitator working for social justice
- Erika Lopez Franco, IDS Research Officer-Participation cluster working on building networks of social change through participation and action research