Having voice is not enough – marginalised people need mechanisms for accountability to make sure that dialogue and promises translate into action. Broad approaches to ensuring positive outcomes include:
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Mechanisms for review, feedback and adjustment
- Knowledge and application of rights, agreements and legislation
- Use of local systems of justice
- Recourse to courts, higher levels of government or international conventions
Keywords: review, monitor, evaluate, accountability, maintain, recourse, persist, feedback, justice
List of Tools:
Accessing 'public' information
Set of approaches and tactics to obtain and use information from public agencies, based on experience in India.
Good, average, bad: law in action
Framework for scrutinising and improving the practical outcomes of particular legislation, based on experience in Mozambique.
Improving forest justice
Approaches to improve the administration of justice in the timber supply chain, based on experience in Uganda.
Independent forest monitor
Assessment of the opportunities for IFM to raise accountability, based on experience in Cameroon.
Legal literacy camps
Interactive sessions to familiarise people with legal concepts and current legislation, based on experience with tribal people in India.
Local government accountability
Ways to help rural citizens bring local authorities to account, based on experience in forestry in Malawi.
Advice on understanding and utilising law in land and natural resources campaigns, based on experience in Ghana.