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September 2018

Learning to Sustain Change: Mitanin Community Health Workers Promote Public Accountability in India

Can community health workers (CHWs) act as agents of change in enhancing the public accountability of government, despite being state-funded actors themselves? Long-time action-strategist Samir Garg of the State Health Resource Center and ARC scholar in residence Suchi Pande explore a community health worker program, known as Mitanin, in the state of Chhattisgarh, India from an accountability lens. This Accountability Note is available in English here and will be available in Hindi soon.

A Mitanin raising a question in Jan Samwad (Public Dialogue) organized in Manendragarh block of Koriya district, 2011.
Credit: © Sulakshana Nandi

Exploring What it Takes to Enhance Social Accountability in Practice with PSAM

ARC team members Angela Bailey and Julia Fischer-Mackey attended the Public Service Accountability (PSAM) conference 2018: Exploring What it Takes to Enhance Social Accountability in Practice. PSAM forms part of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. We saw some longtime friends there such as ARC advisor Fletcher Tembo and other amazing activists and leaders representing non-governmental organizations, funders and government agencies from Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. When the report/write-up of the event is shared by PSAM, ARC will share it out on social media.

Language Access for Social Accountability: Crowdsourcing Effort

The Accountability Research Center (ARC) has recently been engaged in conversations about the role of language access and the importance of interpreters in social accountability work. We are interested in learning about organizations or initiatives from around the world that explicitly link language access and language rights to social accountability. ARC has created a Survey Monkey on Language Access for Social Accountability as part of an effort to crowdsource ideas and experiences on this theme. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey to share what you know with us. Thank you!
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With Regards,
Jonathan Fox
Director, Accountability Research Center
Professor, American University School of International Service
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