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February 2020

Nueva publicación: La construcción política de palabras clave en el ámbito de la rendición de cuentas

En el campo emergente de la práctica en materia de rendición de cuentas, las palabras clave son objeto tanto de construcción como de disputa política. El significado de una palabra clave varía según el actor y el contexto, e incluso el lenguaje. Esta cuestión terminológica no es algo “meramente académico”. La falta de claridad puede restringir, o por el contrario, permitir estrategias para promover la responsabilidad pública. El análisis del discurso del desarrollo, desde hace tiempo, ha hecho énfasis en nombrar los asuntos que se consideran problemáticos y el cómo establecer rutas para abordarlos. Este artículo aborda estos temas, debido a que en virtud de éstos se establecen agendas, al reunir la discusión de los orígenes e implicaciones políticas de varios términos clave en el campo de la rendición de cuentas con ejemplos provenientes de Estados Unidos, Filipinas, Guatemala, México y Pakistán. Este ensayo La construcción política de palabras clave en el ámbito de la rendición de cuentas es la traducción del texto original: The Political Construction of Accountability Keywords (Jonathan Fox, 2018. IDS Bulletin, 49 (2). This work is available now in English, Spanish, and Urdu.

Upcoming Event: Meeting of The Tendler Network in April 2020 

On April 2-3, 2020, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is hosting the 2nd meeting of The Tendler Network. The Tendler Network is an informal organization dedicated to fostering the kind of research that was pioneered by Judith Tendler (1938-2016). If you are not familiar with her approach, Judith Tendler relied on fieldwork to understand how governments and communities could follow their own pathway to prosperity. A near-complete collection of her articles and reports are available through the Colorni-Hirschman Institute. For more on the work of Dr. Tendler and the event visit: The Tendler Network Website. ARC director Jonathan Fox and ARC advisor Anuradha Joshi will both be panelists during the event.
Recent Event: Peace Accord Implementation from an Afro-Colombian Perspective

In February, Ariel Rosebal Palacios Angulo of the National Conference of Afro-Colombian Organizations (CNOA) / Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA) (with which ARC collaborates) joined a panel of experts to discuss implementation of Colombia’s 2016 Peace Accord. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) summarized some critical issues in the event description: "The 2016 Peace Accord includes a hard-fought Ethnic Chapter with the aim of imbuing peace implementation with Afro-Colombian and indigenous considerations, grounding commitments of the accord in ethnic communities. However, out of the Chapter’s 13 stipulations, seven (54%) have not begun implementation, four (31%) have minimum implementation, and two (15%) have intermediate levels of implementation. The lack of political will from the Duque administration to implement the Ethnic Chapter is manifested in the lack of funding being allocated to the Ethnic Chapters verification entity, now unable to fulfill its duty. Afro-Colombian communities have seen the ground gained in representation through the Ethnic Chapter backslide, along with their population being slashed by 31% in the latest national census. Just as the armed conflict affected Afro-Colombians disproportionately, so does lackluster implementation." Meanwhile, media pieces including this article highlight the 'Staggering number' of human rights activists killed in Colombia, UN report (The Guardian January 14, 2020).

Thank you again for your interest in ARC. In 2020, we have several new collaborations and publications forthcoming. Please share with colleagues who may be interested to sign up for future monthly updates on publications and highlights of our partner organizations’ work for social change and greater accountability. Those who prefer can also follow ARC on Twitter (@AcctResearchCtr) or Facebook
With Regards,
Jonathan Fox
Director, Accountability Research Center
Professor, American University School of International Service
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