Social accountability is an approach towards building accountability that relies on civic engagement in which citizens participate directly or indirectly in demanding accountability from service providers and public officials. This piece explores the tools and approaches that some African social movements used to effectively drive the social accountability agenda. The tools here are respectively social media and creative arts, while the approaches will be based on their ways of mobilising and organising. We conclude by making some recommendations for donors, government, citizens and other stakeholders.
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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) puts each UN member state’s human rights record under the microscope every five years, but requires the active engagement of civil society to make the most of it. Read this 5-minute explainer to learn how you can participate and translate its outcomes into action on the ground.
The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) supports the establishment, strengthening and development of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Africa.
The Ivorian Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (CIDDH) is a network of apolitical non-confesional organisations. The CIDDH was founded to respond to the problem of the safety of human rights defenders in Côte d’Ivoire.
The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (REDHAC) works to strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders in Central Africa and support their protection.
Safety of the human rights defenders is a priority for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The purpose of this handbook is to share information to make sure that human rights defenders will understand the risks they could face due their engagement in the promotion of human rights, and what means are available to protect themselves in case of intimidation and reprisals.
La misión es promover el acceso a la justicia para grupos en situación de vulnerabilidad y la rendición de cuentas de las autoridades para el fortalecimiento del Estado Democrático de Derecho vía el fortalecimiento de las víctimas, acciones jurisdiccionales y la incidencia en políticas públicas.
The Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights is an international initiative to develop civilian-led monitoring of violations of international humanitarian law or human rights; to secure accountability and reparation for those violations; and to develop the practice of civilian rights.
The Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) strives to maximize the protection, respect and recognition of HRDs in Tanzania through, protection, capacity building and advocacy.