Events

Regional dialogue to interrogate SADC’s 10-year plan

Organisations from across Southern Africa will come together on 29 and 30 June 2021 to interrogate the region’s 10-year strategic plan and urge governments to ensure the ambitious roll-out tangibly benefits the region’s most vulnerable, amid the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis, climate change and growing poverty and inequality.

The virtual regional dialogue for non-state actors will bring together a diverse range of non-state actors – representing civil society, business, smallholder farmers, informal traders, people’s movements, media and trade unions – to assess and inform the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) implementation plan for the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030, due to be approved before the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit in August 2021.

The dialogue, held under the theme Building Back Better – Ensuring Social Accountability in Southern Africa’s Development, will feature presentations by the SADC Secretariat and national government representatives, as well as parallel discussions on critical issues of climate change and sustainable agriculture, domestic financing of healthcare, gender and development, inclusive labour policies, vaccine access and the participation of youth and civil society.

The dialogue builds on SADC’s commitment to partner with non-state actors in the roll-out of the RISDP. The 10 co-conveners are urging member states to actively engage their people in the development of national implementation plans that prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable and, ultimately, create even more resilient, inclusive and socially accountable nations and communities.

Media can register for the dialogue by visiting https://bit.ly/2Swwo2J.

About the co-conveners: The dialogue is convened by: Southern Africa Trust, Southern African People’s Solidarity Network, Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern Africa Coordination Council (SATUCC), GenderLinks, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and the Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance (a consortium of organisations including ActionAid International (AAI), Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) of Rhodes University, Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) and SAfAIDS).

About the RISDP 2020-2030: The RISDP covers key areas of regional integration: peace, security and good governance (the foundation); industrial development and market integration (pillar I);  infrastructure development in support of regional integration (pillar II); social and human capital development (pillar III); and cross-cutting issues of gender, youth, environment, climate change and disaster risk management. The full document is available at https://www.sadc.int/files/4716/1434/6113/RISDP_2020-2030_F.pdf

More information:

ENDS

This webinar will explore the underlying causes fueling vaccine misinformation and why it has been effective in creating vaccine hesitancy in Africa. It will also explore the various ways in which civic actors can meaningfully contribute towards vaccine delivery efforts. The webinar discussion will be guided by latest research reports produced by Amref Health Africa and the Covid Transparency Accountability Project (CTAP).

More info about this event & instant Zoom webinar registration (or via button below): https://gint.info/fight-vaxx-misinfo-africa

Account4Covid is an initiative by Accountability Lab, AfroLeadership, BudgIT, CODE / Follow The Money Africa, CRECO, Global Integrity and the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM).

WEBINAR SERIES: Learning about Social Accountability Monitoring Capacities and Action in Southern Africa

In August 2016, the Public Service Accountability Monitor’s (PSAM)’s Regional Learning Programme (RLP), along with partners implementing Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) in 4 countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania & Mozambique) identified the need for a needs-based diagnostic of the link between SAM practice and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) at the individual and community levels. One partner organisation in each country volunteered to take part in the learning pilot and share their SAM and MEL challenges.

Having gone through the reflective process, the RLP is now engaging with partners and other SAM stakeholders in sharing the insights from the learning pilot through a series of webinars. Here are the webinar dates:

Concern Universal from Mozambique share their journey – 29 March 2018

Policy Forum from Tanzania share their journey – 5 April 2018

SAPST from Zimbabwe share their journey – 12 April 2018

ZGF from Zambia share their journey – 18 April 2018

RLP wrap up the series – 25 April 2018

In preparation for the webinars, please see below country reports, as well as the PSAM report detailing its reflection and learning:

Beyond Fundamentals – PSAM paper on learning journey

Mozambique Learning Pilot Output Paper

Zambia Learning Pilot Output Paper

Tanzania Learning Pilot Output Paper

Zimbabwe Learning Pilot Output Paper


Fundamentals of Social Accountability Courses 2018

The Public Service Accountability Monitor’s Regional Learning Programme (RLP) offers the Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring course (a Rhodes University accredited course) twice a year. This course provides an introduction to a rights-based approach to social accountability and an integrated systemic approach to evidence-based social accountability monitoring of public resource management frameworks. It is suited for civil society decision-makers, trainers on social accountability monitoring and advocacy, government oversight bodies, media practitioners, and academics. The 2018 course dates are as follows:

9 – 20 July 2018. Application closing date: 25 May 2018

8 – 19 Oct 2018. Application closing date: 24 August 2018

For information on how to apply and costs, contact us at psam.training@ru.ac.za


GPSA Knowledge Platform – Upcoming Webinar

Evaluations, Learning and Keeping Calm: A conversation about resilience after an evaluation – AUGUST 15 10 – 11h30am EDT
With Semkae Kilonzo and Florencia Guerzovich

The monitoring, evaluation and learning environment for social accountability seems to be changing. There is a lot of discussion about the value of experimentation, failure, and course-correction. Many funders and practitioners, however, continue to manage their projects with systems that do not support adaptation.
In this webinar we will have a conversation about Policy Forum’s experience navigating “both worlds.” Speakers will share about a high-stakes evaluation that was disappointing to the implementer. They will then talk about how Policy Forum and its partners are rethinking its approach to learning, based on this experience. The webinar will be an opportunity to discuss what it takes to become a “learning organization”, identify challenges, and share some tricks of the trade.

Join the Webinar

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PSAM – Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring 2017

PSAM offers the Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring course (a Rhodes University accredited course) three times a year. This course provides an introduction to a rights-based approach to social accountability and an integrated systemic approach to evidence-based social accountability monitoring of public resource management frameworks. It is suited for civil society decision-makers, trainers on social accountability monitoring and advocacy, government oversight bodies, media practitioners, and academics. The 2016 course dates are as follows:

29 May – 9 June 2017. Application closing date: 13 April 2017
25 Sept – 6 Oct 2017. Application closing date: 11 August 2017
13 – 24 Nov 2017. Application closing date: 29 Sept 2017

For information on how to apply and costs, contact us at psam.training@ru.ac.za

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World Vision-PSAM Conference – “How does context affect social accountability outcomes?”

Pan African Social Accountability Learning Lab

Ezulwini, Swaziland,  17-21 October, 2016

How does context affect social accountability/civic engagement outcomes within and between countries? Why do certain social accountability (SA) interventions easily gain traction and demonstrate results in some settings and not in some others?

The proposed October 2016 learning event will attract participants (practitioners, researchers and donors) from over 15 countries within and outside Africa to honestly and collectively wrestle with some of the above questions and several others. The event will be co-organized by WV and the PSAM. WV Swaziland (WVS) has graciously accepted to host the learning lab.

Participants will learn about what SA interventions work and not work; where, by who, for who and under what conditions/circumstances.

Learning lab delegates will have the opportunity to seriously interrogate their own SA approaches and those of others in the pursuit of enhanced, robust and context-calibrated SA initiatives.

The 5-day event will be ideal for networking: creating new and/or consolidating existing relationships in order to promote peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and ongoing support.

To indicate your interest in attending the event or if you have any questions regarding the event, please email Moses_Ngulube@wvi.org or v.malila@ru.ac.za

A call for papers and further details will be distributed in April 2016.

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PSAM – Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring

PSAM offers the Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring course (a Rhodes University accredited course) three times a year. This course provides an introduction to a rights-based approach to social accountability and an integrated systemic approach to evidence-based social accountability monitoring of public resource management frameworks. It is suited for civil society decision-makers, trainers on social accountability monitoring and advocacy, government oversight bodies, media practitioners, and academics. The 2016 course dates are as follows:

7 – 18 March 2016. Application closing date: 29 January 2016

30 May – 10 June 2016. Application closing date: 22 April 2016

3 – 14 October 2016. Application closing date: 26 August 2016

For information on how to apply and costs, contact us at psam.training@ru.ac.za