Applied Social Accountability at the Community Level (ASA-CL)

Organization(s)

Responsible Citizens and Empowered Communities in Solidarity for Social Change (RECITE)

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Basic Project Information

As part of a national government human development and social assistance program, RECITE developed social accountability training modules and trained parent leaders as community facilitators in order to increase citizen awareness and participation in the delivery of more efficient and effective public services.

Project Summary

Objectives

Develop a transparency, accountability, and citizen participation mechanism to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of basic services

  • Enhance the sustainability of community development initiatives
  • Forge partnerships between citizens and government to advance transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in governance
  • Enlarge the circle of committed, capable, and credible community facilitators and monitors

Summary

RECITE worked with beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), to increase citizen awareness and participation in advocating for the delivery of more efficient and effective public services. The 4Ps is a conditional cash transfer program that invests in the health and education of poor households by providing them with cash assistance, on the condition that parents participate in community development sessions. RECITE, in conjunction with a Philippine government agency, developed social accountability training modules to replace traditional community development sessions and trained parent leaders of the 4Ps program as community facilitators. The parent leaders, in turn, trained community members on a range of good governance topics over an eight-month period. These topics included responsible voting, participatory planning, the public financial management cycle, and health service monitoring. In addition to training community members, select parent leaders, with assistance from the RECITE team, jointly developed a “social contract” with municipal officials of Mangaldan. This non-binding contract reflected joint citizen-government commitment to working together to achieve and monitor a shared community vision. Parent leaders also worked with a local health official to develop a Community Score Card (CSC) for monitoring and evaluating citizen perceptions of health center services. RECITE shared their experience on this pilot initiative with Department of Social Welfare and Development officials, who expressed interest in expanding the parent leader training modules to other municipalities throughout the Philippines.

Use of Information Communication Technology

None

Scale

97 parent leaders trained; 2,922 beneficiary families

Target Population

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries
Results

Results Methodology

Self-reported results based on observation and third-party monitoring visits to family development sessions

Indicators Used

Not applicable

Reported Results

  • Improved parent leader capacity and confidence leading local training sessions
  • Increased constructive engagement between citizens and government
  • Increased citizen advocacy for better government resource allocation
  • Additional funding received from GPSA (jointly with CCAGG, PTF, and ANSA-EAP) to implement the same model in 30 local government units in Northern Luzon
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