How is social and political action for empowerment and accountability enabled and supported by donors working in specific fragile, conflict- and violence-affected settings? Many donor organisations aim in some way to empower people living in contexts of fragility, conflict and violence,...
This research theme, under the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) Research Programme, is concerned with the following question: how can stable and inclusive political settlements (among elites) and a just social contract (between elites and different social groups) emerge that are...
Action for Empowerment and Accountability is an international research programme which explores how social and political action can contribute to empowerment and accountability in fragile, conflict, and violent settings, with a particular focus on Egypt, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Jonathan Fox argues that we need to be aware of how accountability terms can and have been politically constructed, and encourages us to search for terms that do a better job of communicating the key steps on the path to accountability-building.
IDS Bulletin 49.2
Terminology in the accountability field is ambiguous, encompassing both top-down, technocratic control initiatives and bottom‑up efforts to challenge the abuse of power and promote equity. The main proposition is that communicating accountability strategies should rely on conceptual and...
This research summary is based on one section of a longer research paper by Jonathan Fox, which argues that looking at scale from different angles will assist in taking scale into account when developing strategic approaches to transparency and accountability that tackle symptoms rather than causes.
This Working Paper argues that, looking at scale from different angles will assist in taking scale into account when developing strategic approaches to transparency and accountability that tackle symptoms rather than causes.
IDS Bulletin 47.1
This Bulletin hopes to rescue the transformative potential of the project of opening up governance relationships and processes to instil fairer power dynamics among and between citizens and their states.