The Arab Governance Week: Social Accountability

(Photo: UNDP)

26 - 29 November 2012
Cairo, Egypt

Background and Rationale
For more than a year and a half, the Arab region has been witnessing a tremendous period of transformation. What started as a youth-led movement demanding change in Tunisia has had crucial consequences for the entire region, and continues to generate hopes and expectations, albeit increasingly mixed with caution and concerns about what the future may bring.  

The “​Arab Governance Week” will take stock of the progress made towards democratic transitions from the perspective of social accountability, focusing on the process of re-negotiating the social contract between the citizens and State in the Arab Region. The week will focus specifically on the role of governance evidence and human rights monitoring, particularly the UPR, as mechanisms for enhancing accountability relations. 

Throughout the four days of the governance week, a Governance Fair will support the dissemination of relevant knowledge products on various governance-related subjects. The Governance Week will also hold a South-South Cooperation exhibition. Read More

Social Accountability

The concept of social accountability refers to a form of accountability that emerges through actions by citizens and civil society organization [CSOs] aimed at holding the State to account, as well as efforts by government and other actors [media, private sector, donors] to support and respond to these actions.Accountability relationships help not only to ensure that decision-makers adhere to publicly agreed standards, norms and goals, but also to prevent conflict. Read More


Session 1: Understanding Accountability in the context of transition
Governance questions and reflections in the Arab Region
Understanding accountability in the context of transition

Session 2: Social Accountability: the role of the state
Session on role of the state
Décentralisation et gouvernance locale

Session 3: Social Accountability: the role of civil society
Actors and mechanisms of  co-operation and social development in Croatia 
تعزيز المساءلة الاجتماعية بالعالم العربي

Sideline Event
Measuring Governance in the post-2015 framework: choices and criteria
The Post-2015 Framework: UN process and institutional arrangements

Governance Assessments

In the Arab Region, solid research evidence and data on governance are needed to underpin formulation of new policies for reforms, as well as serve to establish baselines for evaluating the progress and the extent of on-going transformations. Indeed, lack of accurate, timely and relevant governance data affects the ability of citizens to hold their governments to account for their performance, as well as hinders efforts of national government and other stakeholders to ensure good performance management and measure progress in governance. Read More

Session 6: Introductory remaks on the Universal Periodic Review and Governance assessments as mechanisms that can support social accountability
State of (Local) democracy assessments/democratic accountability assessments
Governance assessments and social accountability

Session 7a: Challenges and Opportunities for Governance Data
الحكم الرشيد في العالم العربي:الفجوات المعلوماتية وخارطة الطريق
مناصرة قانون حق الحصول على المعلومات 
الشّعب يريد النفاذ الى المعلومة

Session 8a: Critical analysis of regional and national efforts in producing comparative data on governance
مرصد الاصلاح الاردني

Session 9a: Country-cases of local-level Assessments
The integrity toolkit for Palestinian local government units. Could it be used as a two folded social accountability tool?
تقييم الحكم الرشيد في ثلاثة قطاعات خدمية
تقييم الحوكمة المحلية في مصر
ONDH, Rabat, Maroc Gouvernance locale et convergence territoriale

Session 10a: Accountability in public budgets and expenditures
اقتصاد الريع المحلي

Session 11a: Gender perspective in measuring governance
The Gender responsive budgeting program
بحث حول رضا المتقاضين عن الخدمات المقدمة في إطار تطبيق مقتضيات مدونة الأسرة من طرف أقسام قضاء الأسرة
Community Based Scorecards

Session 11c: ICT and governance assessments
الائتلاف من اجل النزاهة و المساءلة – امان الفرع الوطني لمنظمة الشفافية الدولية
Towards a new social accountability model
Comparative research on ICTs and governance data in Arab region
الحوكمة الرشيدة ببلدية صيادة

Session 12a: Measuring  Corruption
قياس الفساد في القطاعات الخدمية

Background Documents

Universal Periodic Review

This mechanism is one of the key elements of the new Human Rights Council which reminds States of their responsibility to respect, protect and fulfill all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It aims at improving the human rights situation in all countries, identifying human rights violations wherever they occur, and supporting States to rectify them. Read More

Session 6: Introductory remaks on the Universal Periodic Review and Governance assessments as mechanisms that can support social accountability
UPR as a process of accountability
Universal Periodic Review

Session 7b:challenges of inclusiveness in the preparation of the UPR
Opportunities for inclusiveness
إسهام آلية الاستعراض الدوري الشامل في تعزير الحكامة في مجال حقوق الإنسان: تجربة المملكة المغربية

Session 8b: Stocktaking of the UPR recommendations - implementation in the current transition period?
Arab States and the universal periodic review

Arab States and the universal periodic review (Draft)
"Stocktaking og the UPR recommendations- implementations in the current transition period"

Session 10b: The role of civil society and media in the UPR
Local Media Coverage of the UPR: Egypt and Bahrain as Case Studies
Stakeholders inputs into the content of the Kenya UPR Review
Kenya's civil society organizations experience in the universal periodic review (UPR)
Kenya's civil society organizations (CSO's) experience in universal periodic review (UPR)
Kenya UPR stakeholders coalition advocacy and lobbying road map

Session 11b: Linking the UPR to other accountability mechanisms to support democratic transition
UPR and Constitution Making Process
Social Accountability & Human Rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Linking the UPR to other Accountability Mechamisms
CEDAW State Party Commitments Implementation:Insights on the UN comparative advantages

Session 12b: Broadening Partnership and Engagement of the UPR at national, regional and global levels
The Role of OHCHR Regional Office for North Africa in supporting the UPR
Regional partnership for UPR increased social accountability

Background Documents

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Arab States 
Go to UNDP Global