Accountability of the government to the public is a major topic of discussion in democracies all over the world. The International Institute of Social Sciences, The Hague, Netherlands organised a conference on the State of Accountability titled ‘What is needed for Accountable State-Society Relations around the World?’ on 17th and 18th October, 2017
Prestigious institutions from all over the world were invited to the conference, PAC being one of them. Dr Satyajeet Nanda, Senior Programme Officer, represented PAC at the event presenting a paper on ‘Reinventing Accountability: Sub-altern Citizen’s-Voice, Impaired Governance and Development Paradigm’.
The paper focused on the use of the Citizen Report Cards (CRCs) as a tool for accountability and discussed its extensive use in our BMGF-Funded SBM project in Tamil Nadu and Odisha. The paper was well-received at the conference with participants wanting to learn how we went about conducting the CRCs in the focus districts and the outcomes achieved.
Dr Nanda also chaired a session on Accountability in Indian government programmes and policies with topics ranging from Sakala Act, Right to Public Services (RTPS) Act in MP and the Right to Information (RTI) Act.