Implemented by Chemonics, USAID’s five-year Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) Program in Nigeria differed from most civil society organization (CSO) capacity development and governance projects by taking a different approach to the traditional formula of enhancing capacity development and strengthening government accountability. Rather than using grants to support CSOs to implement a linear project strategy focused on management-centered capacity development approaches, SACE adopted a systems approach based on the principles of accountability ecosystems and collective impact to achieve improvements in accountability and governance.
Boosting Accountability and Good Governance.
Working the System: What We’ve Learned About Strengthening Accountability
What is the most effective way to strengthen accountability in our development work? Sarah Nugent shares a promising approach that enables civil society to circumvent political barriers and create power: clusters.
Government Accountability is More than a Simple Equation
If transparency plus participation does not necessarily equal accountability, then what does? Sarah Nugent explains the accountability ecosystems approach.
Approaches that Projects Can Learn from the Democracy and Governance Sector
New research reveals smart strategies from the democracy and governance sector that other kinds of projects can use to bring stakeholders on board and increase impact.