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Civil Society and Governance assessments

Improving Transparency and Accountability in the Budget Process: An Assessment of Recent Initiatives

Budget transparency has in recent decades come to be seen as a pillar of good governance. This article reviews budget-related transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) to analyse their impact. While there are many examples of success in terms of budget processes around the world being opened up to greater participation and scrutiny, there is no single recipe for creating a successful initiative to enhance transparency and accountability in the budget process. A consistent set of factors does however appear across those TAIs defined as successful in various ways. These include building horizontal and vertical alliances between stakeholders, the production of legitimate information, legal empowerment and international support.

Unlocking the African Moment

At African Monitor we have developed a theme, Unlocking the African Moment: a grassroots focused agenda. It is a theme that carries the vision and mission of unlocking Africa’s mindsets towards ownership of its development agenda. The theme also seeks to promote the inclusion of all stakeholders, including the grassroots, in development processes.

Mortality and causes of death in South Africa: Findings from death notification, 2009

This statistical release presents information on mortality and causes of death in South Africa, based on all death notification forms received from the Department of Home Affairs for deaths that occurred in 2009. The release outlines trends in mortality from 1997 to 2009 and differentials in mortality by selected demographic, social and geographic characteristics for deaths that occurred in 2009.

UNDP Africa Forum on Civil Society and Governance Assessments

The Africa Civil Society and Governance Assessments Forum (Dakar, Senegal, 10-12 November 2011), organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with TrustAfrica, CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation), Africa Governance Institute and CONGAD (Conseil des ONGs d’appui au développement), brought together 150 development practitioners, academics, foundations, donor institutions, private sector and civil society representatives and UNDP staff from over 35 countries to engage in policy dialogue and collaborative initiatives1. The three-day workshop reflected on African experiences with governance assessments, with a specific focus on civil society’s involvement in such initiatives.

The Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Care, Management and Treatment Plan in South Africa ~ An Analysis of its Development and Implementation

This paper uses the findings of the existing analyses and evaluations3 to inform a triangular policy analysis and stakeholder analysis of the implementation of the ART component of the 2003 Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Care, Management and Treatment Plan4 (CPHA hereafter). This paper seeks to retrospectively identify all the key players in the CPHA‟s development, their interest, influence, and degree of opposition or support for the policy. The paper also considers more prospectively (Varvasovszky & Brugha, 2000:338), the actors involved in its implementation, in order to identify the reasons for the delays and possible solutions. The analysis is placed within a rights-based framework, based on the belief that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being”, as stated in the WHO Constitution (quoted in Green, 1999:8).