Cover

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Title Page

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p. iii

Copyright

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p. iv

Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

Over the last three decades democracy has spread like wildfire across the developing world. Billions of people who once feared to speak their mind now have the franchise and the freedoms of speech and assembly. According to Freedom House’s (2008) annual survey of political rights and civil...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

This book is a compilation of 19 innovative and illuminating projects. It would not have been possible without the contributions of the talented researchers and communications experts who conducted these studies. We thank each of them for building the foundation of the book and for...

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Chapter 1: Improving governance from the ground up

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pp. 1-13

This book is based on a simple idea. No one is better placed to judge a government than those it governs, and no one is better positioned to monitor government services to ensure that they perform well and transparently than the citizens who use those services. This book charts the work of 16...

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Chapter 2: Gather the budget data

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pp. 14-27

To determine the effectiveness of government spending, independent monitoring organizations first need information on government spending, including what the government is spending and how the amounts are decided and allocated. Gathering this information is seldom simple. Many central...

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Chapter 3: Follow the money

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pp. 28-49

Once independent monitoring organizations have gathered information on the budget, the next step is to trace the flow of money from the treasury to service delivery, verifying whether budgeted funds and resources are sent to their intended programs and projects on time and as needed....

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Chapter 4: Examine the spending

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pp. 50-76

Once resources make it out of the treasury and through the bureaucracy, they end up in the hands of service providers, where they finally have the chance to improve lives. Determining whether they actually do is the next step for independent monitoring organizations. Are there enough...

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Chapter 5: Recommend solutions

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pp. 77-85

Discerning problems is one thing. Solving them is quite another. Take an example from the previous chapter: analysts found that almost half the teachers in three Ghanaian school districts miss at least a day of school. But are those analysts in a position to develop a solution? Can they figure...

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Chapter 6: Disseminate and advocate

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pp. 86-97

After discerning the problems with service delivery, and designing feasible solutions to those problems, the final step for independent monitoring organizations is to inform fellow citizens about their findings and persuade policymakers to implement their solutions. Chapters 2–5 have...

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Chapter 7: Possibilities and lessons of independent monitoring

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pp. 98-104

This book opened with a simple idea. No one is better placed to judge a government than those it governs, and no one is better positioned to monitor government services to ensure that they perform well and transparently than the citizens who use those services. The embodiment of this...

References

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pp. 105-108

Index

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pp. 109-118