Monitoring and accountability: Voices of the "watchers"

Tanya Dawkins.

The participants in the civil society strategy meeting on monitoring and accountability organized by Social Watch last february in Montevideo were asked about how they personally work and relate with the huge task of making the powerful accountable. Here is what they said:


Tanya Dawkins:

The focus of our work is putting people and communities at the center of the global economy and that is based on the recognition that global processes (like trade, finance, investment) have very local impacts.

Janet Carandang.

Janet Carandang:

The focus of Social Watch Philippines is monitoring the social development commitments and financing for social development as the two complement each other and we also use the strategy for our budget initiative.

See the video here.



Barbara Adams.

Barbara Adams:

"Partnerships" at the UN are being dominated by big corporations, big governments and big NGOs.

See the video here.





Access to information is essential but not enough. In India we try to make sure that the information is used at all levels to make the institutions of governance accountable.

See the video here.


Abdulnabi Alekry.

Abdulnabi Alekry: 

Women and youth initiated the democratic uprising in Bahrein and are at the forefront of the struggle.






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