Transparency and Accountability Program

TAP's mission is to increase the capacity of civil society organizations to reduce corruption and better hold government accountable for efficiency in social sector public spending


  • Community Score Cards (CRCs) and Citizen Report Cards (CRCs) are two ways to enhance the transparency and accountability of services provided at the local level, and empower communities and increase their awareness of services they are entitled to.  In this presentation Fariji Mishael, a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) gives an overview of these two social accountability tools, including how they work, how they are used at TASAF, and what they can and cannot do.

  • In 2009 a coalition of Civil Society Organizations in 5 African countries, including Uganda, joined in a campaign to stop stock-outs of essential medicines in public health facilities.   Through a variety of activities, including strategic partnerships, monitoring of medicines, press conferences, public rallies, radio talk shows, and using SMS messaging to conduct pill checks, they have already made significant strides in getting the issue on public agendas and creating monitoring systems.  In this presentation Denis Kibira, of the Coalition for Health Promotion and Social De

  • Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process where community members get the chance to directly determine how best to spend a part of the public budget.  Participatory Budgeting involves citizens directly in making decisions about budget issues, either on a small scale at the service or neighborhood level or on a more strategic level at a city or state level.  In this presentation Mukunda Julius of the Forum for Women in Democracy discusses his work with Participatory Budgeting, as well as what it can and cannot achieve and requirements for implementation.

  • Without thoughtful and implementable recommendations grounded in evidence, even the best studies can end up stuck on a shelf.  In this presentation Lineth Oyugi, of the Federation of Kenya Employers, presents a case study from her experience in Kenya, that contains strategies for forming clear, practical recommendations based on study findings.

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