12:59 07/09/2010

Citizen report cards pilot produce promising results

While researching good practice in social accountability – processes that increase civil society participation in government and improve government transparency – I was excited to see a report that provides an excellent example of social accountability from  VSO India.

Social accountability can include initiatives like participatory budgeting or, as piloted by VSO… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Nine is Mine campaigners

The power of children’s voices in advocacy

Steve Lewis was recently visiting the VSO programme in India. For this week’s blog we have invited one or our partners, Vedika Jiandani,  from the national volunteering programme in India to write for us.

I work for Swechha, which is a youth-run and youth-focused organisation that provides a platform for people to ‘be the… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Boys carrying water, Bangladesh

Save water, save the planet

Water is a crucial element of our sustenance and living. However, increasingly, access to safe drinking water has become an issue on this planet. It is said that around 1 billion people around the world do not have access to adequate and safe drinking water. In India alone, it is said that 33% of the… Read more »


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