The mission of the Atlas is to improve development outcomes by driving an increase in the reach and effectiveness of civil society-led social accountability work.

How It Works

The Atlas allows practitioners to leverage the emerging body of experience to improve the design and implementation of their own projects, and facilitates more strategic partnerships to ensure SAc realizes its potential to improve people’s lives.

How Atlas works

About the Atlas

The Social Accountability Atlas database provides accessible, credible information on actual SAc efforts.

Users visiting the Atlas can easily:

  • IDENTIFY relevant SAc projects based on tailored search criteria,
  • LEARN from existing experience, and
  • CONNECT with the people who led those efforts.

The cases profiled on the Atlas generally include four components:

  1. Monitoring spending and services
  2. Diagnosing problems
  3. Sharing findings with relevant stakeholders
  4. Conducting social action in order to push

How to use the Atlas

Users can search the database to identify projects of interest or relevance to their own work, and connect with those projects through the site. The Atlas is intended to support the following user groups:

  1. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): Program managers can identify, connect with, and learn from other SAc practitioners that have taken on similar problems or approaches in their region or sector, while increasing the visibility of their own efforts.
  2. Donors: Donors can identify promising SAc efforts and make strategic investments based on a better understanding of what approaches are working and where.
  3. Policymakers: Policymakers can identify activities affecting their constituencies and connect with SAc practitioners working in their regions.
  4. Researchers: Researchers can analyze existing trends in the SAc field, and identify and connect with CSOs implementing projects.


The Atlas began as a pilot featuring SAc efforts of organizations located in Southeast Asia. Ultimately, however, the Atlas will be a global resource highlighting the work of innovative civil society actors in low- and middle-income countries across the world.

Who we are

The Atlas is maintained by a team based at Results for Development Institute (R4D) in Washington, D.C., and has been developed with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Atlas builds off the successes of R4D’s companion initiatives, the Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) and the Center for Education Innovations (CEI).