Upcoming Event

Disentangling government responses – How do we know when accountability work is gaining traction?

23 April 2024 13:00–14:30

Institute of Development Studies IDS Convening Space and online on Zoom

Advocacy for public accountability aims to produce reactions from government officials or service providers. But it is not always clear to advocates how to interpret diverse government reactions and decide on next steps. This panel will share and reflect on a framework to help achieve this, which arose from the International Budget Partnership (IBP)’s Strengthening Public Accountability with Results and Knowledge (SPARK) programme.

SPARK seeks to bolster the collective agency of marginalised communities and coalitions to advance democratic and equitable fiscal governance systems that channel public resources to services that address their priority needs.


  • Brendan Halloran has extensive experience of working on democratic governance, including at USAID, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, and the International Budget Partnership, where he played a pivotal role in the SPARK programme
  • Jonathan Fox is a professor of development studies in the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC, where he directs the Accountability Research Center
  • Ima Akpan is a senior programme officer at the International Budget Partnership, where she has worked on the monitoring and evaluation of the SPARK programme
  • Salbiyah is a senior programme officer in the International Budget Partnership’s Indonesia team, working closely with grassroots and other civic partners on gender inclusion, budget equity, and effective public services.


  • Rosie McGee is an IDS Research Fellow who has done extensive applied research and advisory work on accountable governance, including leading the learning component of the SPARK programme (2018–2021)

How to attend

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This event will take part in the IDS Convening Space. If you need to use the lift then press 1A, the Convening Space is on the 1st floor of the IDS Building. If you have any accessibility needs please email: [email protected]

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