Opportunity: online consultation on "Participatory Monitoring for Accountability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda" (Apr 2-May 7, 2014)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The UN Development Group is embarking on a “second round” of Post-2015 Consultations, focusing on "means of implementation" for the sustainable development goals. UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP – in partnership with other UN and Civil Society Organizations – is convening a consultation on Participatory Monitoring for Accountability. The goal of the consultation is to take stock of existing experience, information and knowledge regarding participatory monitoring for accountability. Individuals, academics and organizations are invited to submit proposals by May 2, 2014 that showcase case studies of or methodologies for participatory monitoring. Proposals should outline practical examples of methods that have worked or not worked, along with some analysis of the context in which these methods were used.

An e-discussion on Participatory Monitoring for Accountability is also being featured on the Participatory Monitoring Homepage between April 2-May 7, 2014. Questions for the discussion are:

  1. Please share some examples/models of successful participatory monitoring initiatives or methodologies that you know of or have been involved with. (Please be specific). How can these models be included in the post-2015 agenda?
  2. How can governments be involved with championing participatory monitoring approaches? i.e. more responsive to the needs of their constituents, improving social services, increasing transparency and accountability?
  3. What does “participatory monitoring for accountability” mean in your context? How would you include it in the post-2015 agenda?

Participatory monitoring is defined broadly to take various forms. At its core, it should be about inclusive and transparent practices used to monitor the effectiveness and usefulness of local, regional, national or international policies, providing the evidence to improve upon said policies. It is about people – working together in some organized way – identifying and tracking the priority issues that affect their communities, so that barriers to progress can be addressed and solved, with support as necessary from public sector and other accountable agencies. Examples of economic and social rights monitoring would no doubt help to build a strong evidence base of good practices and lessons learned for the consultation.

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