Read the latest stories of change from the Mwananchi Programme: where our coordinators and grantees explore lessons from implementing the five year programme to improve governance and accountability for ordinary citizens.
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The Ugandan media has reported on the development of Lira NGO Forum's Mwananchi project, tracking value for money in primary schools.
A new report from the World Bank on gender norms has shown how in many places around the world, people believe that by working together women can increase their ability to ‘move up the ladder’. Moses Massa, Communications Officer for the Campaign for Good Governance, Mwananchi's partner in Sierra Leone, shows how a Mwananchi project helped women put aside political differences to work together for greater female representation in last year’s elections.
Admitting a problem is the first step towards accountability and change. Developing countries face a number of challenges in delivering core services and the gap between policy and practice can leave communities ignored and marginalised. This story comes from a Mwananchi project in Ethiopia, where a radio station used its status as an independent organisation to help create the space for health officials to acknowledge challenges in how health services are delivered and reduce conflict between health workers and local women.
Building political ground, undermining accountability? Linking voice and accountability in Kalangala, Uganda
Working with political realities is a fact of life for civil society organisations trying to create opportunities for citizens to express their views and wishes to their political representatives in low accountability contexts. So when a local MP in Kalangala district, Uganda, used a citizen forum to promise community benefits that seemed more designed to ensure voter support than build sustainable public services, Mwananchi partner the Kalangala District NGO Forum (KADINGO) had to think hard about how to work with the MP to deliver the best outcome for local people.
Some of the most interesting outcomes from a project may be the least expected. This is the story of how Mwananchi Ghana formed the Media for Good Governance initiative, a network of 75 civil society practitioners and journalists focused on promoting good governance and accountability. Our Ghana coordinator, Glowen Kyei-Mensah, explains.