Participation

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MGNREGA: Women's Participation and its Impact

Posted on:26-08-14

Ekta Joshi

Launched in 2006, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) legally enshrines the “right to work” and ensures livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. Read more »

School Management Committees: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities

Section 21 of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE), mandates the formation of School Management Committees (SMCs) in all elementary government, government-aided schools and special category schools in the country. The RTE Act envisions an SMC as the basic unit of a decentralised model of governance with active involvement of parents in the school’s functioning. Read more »

Publication Name: 
School Management Committees: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities
Publication Author: 
Accountability Initiative and Central Square Foundation

A digression into peoples’ participation

Posted on:03-01-14

In 2014’s first blog, I continue to digress from the dense topic of public finance theories to the question of peoples’ participation in democracy. This way, I believe I have a better chance of penetrating the brain haze that descends in the last week of the year and continues well into the next. Read more »

Rogi Kalyan Samitis: New Spaces of Participation

The field notes in this series seek to document accountability mechanisms built into key government programs for service delivery. These include programs such as the National Rural Health Mission, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme, Public Distribution System and others.The current note examines the functioning of Rogi Kalyan Samitis under the National Rural Health Mission. Read more »

NREGA Wage Payments: Can We Bank on the Banks?

This article looks at how the government of India has shifted from cash payment of wages under the renamed Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Scheme to settlement through bank accounts. This has been done in order to prevent defrauding of workers and to give them greater control over their wages. Has this been achieved after the switch? Read more »

NREGA Wage Payments: Can We Bank on the Banks?

This article looks at how the government of India has shifted from cash payment of wages under the renamed Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Scheme to settlement through bank accounts. This has been done in order to prevent defrauding of workers and to give them greater control over their wages. Has this been achieved after the switch? Read more »

Access to Public Information and Citizen Participation in Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI)

External oversight agencies perform a fundamental role in monitoring the exercise of power in democratic regimes, especially in countries characterized by high corruption rates and inefficiency in public management. Despite their importance, however, they do not usually have strong links to society. Their reports do not receive the public recognition they deserve and the oversight agencies themselves are not usually perceived by civil society as places for participation. Read more »

Publication Name: 
Access to Public Information and Citizen Participation in Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI)

Public Spending in the United Kingdom

The website provides information on all public spending in the UK: central government and local authority. The website allows users to create time series charts of public spending and download single year or multi-year data including the raw data on a range of sectors including health care, education, defence, welfare, transport etc

Open Budget Initiative

The Open Budget Initiative is a global research and advocacy program to promote public access to budget information and the adoption of accountable budget systems. The International Budget Partnership (IBP) launched the Initiative with the Open Budget Survey

Participatory Budgeting Unit, United Kingdom

The Participatory Budgeting Unit is a project of the charity Church Action on Poverty, based in Manchester in the UK and supports public sector and community groups in developing participatory budgeting processes in their local areas within the UK. Participatory budgeting (PB) allows the citizens of an area (neighbourhood, regeneration or local authority area) to participate in the allocation of part of the local Council’s or other statutory agency's (health services, police) available financial resources. Read more »