Global Partnership for Social Accountability Forum 2016

The importance of social accountability as an enabler of inclusive and empowered societies is undisputed. Citizens are entitled to expect that states will promote and protect their right of access to basic social services like health and education. States and other non-governmental actors are in a position to initiate collaborative and inclusive civic processes to enhance public participation, ensure that policies favour the most disadvantaged in society and that resources are better used/disbursed, and ultimately improve governance and accountability. Investments in social accountability can yield multiple benefits, they not only empower citizens, including the most marginalised, but also improve participatory policy and budget processes.