• 02nd
  • Dec
09:30 AM
Consultation: Civil Society and Accountability

Conference Room, Centre For Policy Reseach, Dharam Marg, Chanakypuri

The Accountability Initiative is holding a consultation entitled Civil Society and Accountability on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2009 at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.The overall objective of the consultation is to debate the nature and effectiveness of civil society led social accountability experiments. Specifically, the consultation aims to address the following key issues:

•    Interrogating the scope, limitations and challenges to civil society efforts to strengthen accountability
•    Identifying potential for replicability and scale
•    Debating challenges of  institutionalization and effectiveness


Venue of the Event : 

Conference Room II, Centre for Policy Research, Dharam Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021


Videos Of The Event


(The aim of this 2-day consultation is to have an open, critical dialogue between stakeholders. For this reason, except for the opening session and the closing panel discussion, we will keep presentations to a minimum. Each session will have a lead discussant cum moderator who will help us in framing the key questions and in keeping the discussion flowing.)

Day 1: Wednesday, December 2, 2009

9.30-9.45: Registration

9.45 – 10.00: Welcome and Introductions - Yamini Aiyar 

10.00 – 11.30: Introductory session: Setting the context and framing the issues
1. Thinking through democratic accountability - Bishnu Mohapatra
2. Locating civil society activism for accountability in India’s democratic landscape - Amitabh Behar
Discussant: Neera Chandhoke

11.30 – 11.45: Tea break

Taking stock: Interrogating tools and instruments for accountability

11.45-12.00: Introductory remarks on the session -  Yamini Aiyar 

12.00 – 1.15: Holding policymakers and policymaking accountable: Budget work as an instrument for accountability
Discussant: Vinod Vyasulu

1.15 – 2.15: Lunch

2.15 – 3.30: ‘Engagement with the political class’ as an instrument for accountability
Discussant: C.V. Madhukar

3.30 – 3.45: Tea Break

3.45 – 5.00: ‘Monitoring outcomes’ as an instrument for accountability
Discussant: Rukmini Banerjee

Day 2: Thursday, December 3, 2009

9.30 – 9.45: Welcome and summary of day one - Yamini Aiyar

9.45 -11.00: The Next Frontier – Thematic Session 1
Moving from transparency to accountability - Discussant: Anjali Bhardwaj

11.00 – 11.30: Tea Break

11.30 – 1.00: The Next Frontier - Thematic Session 2
Participation and collective action: A panacea for accountability? - Discussant: Amita Baviskar

1.00– 2.00: Lunch Break

2.00 – 3.30: The Next Frontier – Thematic Session 3
Institutionalizing social accountability: A necessary next step? - Discussant: Shekhar Singh

3.30 – 3.45: Tea Break

3.45 – 5.00: Concluding Panel and Summary
Social accountability: Understanding effectiveness and future challenges
Panelists: Bishnu Mohapatra, Ajay Mehta, M. D. Mistry
Moderator: Yamini Aiyar