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March 2019

ARC is Hiring a Researcher!

The Accountability Research Center (ARC) at the School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, non­-tenure track faculty research professor. This appointment is a renewable 12-month term position and will begin on July 1, 2019. Applicants should hold a PhD in a social science discipline or equivalent (MA/MS and ten years of professional research experience).  We are seeking researchers who study Transparency, Participation, and Accountability.  Candidates should have substantial field experience in the global South, issue/sector expertise, experience with balanced researcher-practitioner partnerships, and a diverse publication track record. To read more about the position and apply, see the job posting. We will give first consideration to applications received by May 10, 2019. However, we will consider applications until the position is filled.

Doreen Ali, Ministry of Health, presenting Malawi’s Community Health Strategy
Photo: Angela Bailey

Accountability in Malawi: Report from September 2018 Round Table 

In September 2018, ARC associate director Angela Bailey (@participangela) facilitated a Round Table event on social accountability in Malawi. The event was co-convened by USAID and UNICEF and brought together 52 stakeholders representing the Government of Malawi, civil society organizations, academic institutions and donors. The report from the event is organized around the five key themes that emerged from the day of dialogue: 1) Sharing Learning from past accountability studies in Malawi, 2) Improving Integration, Collaboration, and Coordination across Stakeholders, Sectors and Levels, 3) Listening and Closing Feedback Loops in Government and Non-State Actors (NSA) Engagement with Citizens, 4) Deepening Decentralization and 5) Enhancing Enforceability When Obligations Are Not Met. Each theme includes specific suggestions on how interested stakeholders may carry forward the conversations in the Round Table. For more, see Round Table on Social Accountability in Malawi, September 2018: Report and Suggestions Moving Forward.

 

Sandwich Strategy Search: Contribute a Case by April 30, 2019

ARC is crowdsourcing for cases of sandwich strategies for reform, to draw lessons from attempts to address underlying systemic causes of accountability failures. This is for a research project led by Jonathan Fox (ARC director) and Rachel Robinson of American University in Washington, DC and funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This new research project is a comparative study of whether and how sandwich strategy initiatives drive pro-accountability institutional change, in Nigeria and in the Global South more broadly.  We seek to identify a substantial pool of potential cases (20-30), from which we will chose approximately 15 to compare in depth, including five from Nigeria. The sandwich strategy survey should take just 5-10 minutes to fill out with basic information about the example you have in mind. We hope to have several cases by April 30, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Fox (fox@american.edu) or Rachel Robinson (robinson@american.edu).

The sandwich strategy describes an effort to make government more accountable to its citizens that involves collaboration between reformers within government and citizens working to change government from the outside. These two groups make up the two pieces of bread in a sandwich, putting pressure from above and below on those resisting accountability. Sandwich strategy cases will include tangible initiatives by state actors to create space for societal action for pro-accountability institutional change (broadly-defined). We are most interested in cases where actors within the state managed to make citizen action more viable, and/or reduce the risks involved.
Thank you again for your interest in ARC and our platform for sharing the work of our collaborators around the world. We have a busy year ahead in 2019 with new partnerships, an exciting publications pipeline, and plans to attend several strategic convenings around the world. 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. You can also follow ARC on Twitter (@AcctResearchCtr) or Facebook
 
With Regards,
Jonathan Fox
Director, Accountability Research Center
Professor, American University School of International Service
Contact us:
arc@american.edu

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