Improving local governance and service delivery

22 June 2017 10:00 - 11:30 GMT+1 (BST)
Public event
Streamed live online


Andrew Mushi @mzumbe_ - Professor, Mzumbe University


Anna Mdee @anna_mdee - Associate Professor, University of Leeds

Patricia Tshomba - Independent Researcher

Ananilea Nkya - Former Head, Tanzania Media Women’s Association in Tanzania

Tim Kelsall @TimKelsall1 - Senior Research Fellow, ODI

Helen Mealins @intrac_uk - Incoming Executive Director, INTRAC


Civil society advocacy, citizen activism and social accountability mechanisms are often assumed to be necessary for holding local government to account, and for driving improvements in public service delivery. But to what extent is this the case? Recent evidence suggests that many such initiatives are donor-driven, insufficiently strategic and inappropriate in relation to how change happens in the local context.

This event explores the latest debates, evidence and practice on social accountability, civil society advocacy and local government service delivery.  It considers how current policy and assumptions could be revised to more effectively address critical blockages in public service delivery.

For more information about the project, visit the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network.