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Scholarships available for five-day Certificate Course on "Good Governance and Social Accountability Tools"

Scholarships available for five-day Certificate Course on "Good Governance and Social Accountability Tools", May 27-31 at the Coady International Institute, Nova Scotia, Canada - Apply now!

For more information, go to: http://www.coady.stfx.ca/education/certificates/ggsat/

One-Week Certificate Course on Good Governance and Social Accountability Tools - Full and partial scholarships available

May 27-31, 2013, Coady International Institute, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Good governance lies at the heart of what affects most citizens on a daily basis - access to health care, housing, roads, education and job opportunities. Yet around the world many citizens feel powerless to influence government decisions let alone effect change. Social accountability refers to the range of approaches that enable citizens to work with governments in a meaningful, productive and effective way. This five-day course, designed for practitioners in civil society organizations and social movements, as well as the staff of government ministries and development agencies engaged in advocacy, governance and accountability work, focuses on developing the knowledge and skills you need to strengthen citizen involvement in the oversight of government, and to improve accountability and practice at the local, regional and national levels.

Personal benefits:

Learn the history of social accountability, principles and rationale
Build practical skills in the use of social accountability tools and methods such as participatory budgeting and expenditure tracking, social audits, citizen charters and community report cards, right to information and other performance monitoring tools
Identify the characteristics of an enabling environment for citizen engagement
Identify ways to use social accountability tools in advocacy to make the case for change

Organizational benefits:

Build accountability into future projects and programs
Develop ability to assess government schemes and programs to ensure the quality of public service delivery to all citizens

The course will take place at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada on 27-31 May 2013. A range of full and partial scholarships are available. It is possible to combine this course with the five-day Certificate Course in Advocacy and Citizen Engagement, offered the previous week (20-24 May 2013). We are currently accepting applications. Further information and detailed admission requirements can be accessed at: http://www.coady.stfx.ca/education/certificates/ggsat/.

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