The Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance is led by ActionAid together with the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF) and SAfAIDS, and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project seeks to improve public resource management in agriculture (food security), and health (HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights) by strengthening the oversight and social accountability roles of five target groups in the SADC region: Selected parliamentary committees; Relevant government departments; Issue-based civil society organisations (CSOs); Smallholder farmer organisations; and the Media.
In the first three years (2016 – 2019), the project will focus on Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. In each of the target countries, the partners will provide training on public resource management, support for critical social accountability monitoring, and platforms for collaboration and learning.
For more information on the project ‘Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight in Health and Agriculture in Southern Africa’, contact Julie Middleton, Consortium Project Manager, ActionAid International, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Report – Regional Budget Summit on Strengthening Social Accountability in Health and Agriculture in Southern Africa
The 2017 Regional Budget Summit on Strengthening Social Accountability in Health and Agriculture in Southern Africa was held on 15 August 2017 as a commission during the Southern Africa Civil Society Forum which took place from 14 to 16 August 2017. The 2017 Summit built on the outcomes of the 2016 Summit to further interrogate social accountability in the SADC region, focusing on the agriculture and health sectors. The event assessed progress towards the national realisation of SADC regional commitments in health and agriculture, reflected on the impact of challenges in social accountability for national and local public resource management, and sought to develop strategies to address these. You can download the full report here
Communique – Regional Budget Summit on Strengthening Social Accountability in Health and Agriculture in
Sixty four representatives of civil society organisations, small scale farmers’ associations, media outlets, parliamentarians, and government officials from Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, and representatives of Southern African Development Community (SADC) structures, gathered at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, South Africa on 15 August 2017 for the 2017 Budget Summit on Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight in Health and Agriculture in Southern Africa. The event was held as part of the Southern Africa Civil Society Forum.
In the event’s final communique, the delegates recognised efforts by SADC to ensure greater accountability, through the new online monitoring and evaluation system. SADC member states were also urged, however, to prioritise social accountability in the use of public resources to, in particular, improve access to comprehensive HIV and SRH services for adolescent girls and young women, as well as food security with a special focus on women.
Delegates committed, as part of the Partnership for Social Accountability (PSA) Alliance, to collaborate in their efforts to strengthen the capacity of both government and civil society actors to ensure enhanced social accountability. The full communique can be downloaded here
Social Accountability in Southern Africa: A Review of Policy and Practice in Public Resource Management in SADC, including Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Tanzania
The Baseline Report was commissioned by the PSA Alliance to document the state of play of social accountability across health and agriculture sectors at the regional SADC level and national levels in the four target countries, including political and economic considerations. The baseline study, conducted in November and December 2015, has informed the definition of the project’s target outcomes, indicators and the monitoring and evaluation of results.
This summary report provides an analysis of key issues at national and regional level, and provides a preliminary overview of the capacity issues affecting both supply and demand side actors.